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Mendocino Headlands State Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Hike through this scenic park for its excellent views and beaches and browse the fascinating exhibits in the visitor center.

Mendocino Headlands State Park is a scenic coastal area covering 347 acres (140 hectares) of beaches, cliffs and historic houses. Arches, secluded grottos and other intriguing rock formations decorate the coast. Stroll along the gentle trails with the family to appreciate the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Arrive at the visitor center in the Historic Ford House in the southeastern part of the park. The 19th-century building contains a model of the town as it was in 1890. Watch videos on the migration of the gray whale, the logging period of the town and other historic moments. Examine the historic photos, tools and artifacts that chronicle the town’s history.

Hike along the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) Mendocino Headlands Trail with a guide for a better understanding of the local plants and wildlife. In spring, see wildflowers in blossom embellishing the sides of the trails. Blackberry and rose brambles are also common here. Spot the majestic gray whales migrating in winter.

Sunbathe on the sandy bay of Portuguese Beach at the western end of the state park. Descend the staircase to this isolated beach and enjoy the tranquility.

At the southern end of the park is the vast Big River Beach. Join the surfers and picnickers on this scenic stretch of sand, which often has a lagoon where the river meets the ocean. Explore the adjacent Big River Wetlands for its range of habitats. In July, the park hosts the Mendocino Music Festival, with orchestral and big band performances alongside jazz, blues and dance.

Make use of the park during the daylight hours. Bring layers of clothing, as the weather is particularly changeable here. Consider purchasing an annual pass to California’s state parks.

Mendocino Headlands State Park overlooks the Pacific Ocean on the northwestern side of Mendocino. Ride a bus to one of the stops bordering the park. Visit nearby attractions, such as the Mendocino Art Center, St. Anthony’s Hall and Friendship Park.

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The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
3 out of 5
45080 Main St, Mendocino, CA
The price is $109 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mendocino Headlands State Park and Mendocino Art Center. Agate Beach and Russian Gulch State Park ...

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"Nice Old Hotel Room located in garden area off of main hotel building. But within walking distance of about 1 block. Room very comfortable, bed.... not very soundproof from upstairs neighbors."…"

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Headlands Inn Bed & Breakfast
Headlands Inn Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
10453 Howard St, Mendocino, CA
The price is $171 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Offering direct access to the beach, this Mendocino bed & breakfast is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Mendocino Headlands State Park and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (261 reviews)

"Delicious breakfast! We loved waking up to someone bringing us breakfast right to our room"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

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MacCallum House Inn
MacCallum House Inn
3.5 out of 5
45020 Albion Street, Mendocino, CA
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Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Temple of Kwan Tai, Mendocino Headlands State Park, and Kelley House Museum. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (176 reviews)

"The room was spacious with nice amenities. The outdoor jacuzzi was great. Unfortunately couple things could have been better: 1. Overall speaking room was pretty clean, but there was black dirt stuff under the chair (saw it when trying to pick up toys), also carpet was detached from floor along the ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2021

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The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
The Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites
3 out of 5
45080 Main St, Mendocino, CA
The price is $109 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
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3 out of 5
10453 Howard St, Mendocino, CA
The price is $171 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
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3.5 out of 5
45020 Albion Street, Mendocino, CA
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Blue Door Inns, Four Sisters Collection
3.5 out of 5
10481 Howard Street, Mendocino, CA
The price is $151 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19
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Sweetwater Inn and Spa
3.5 out of 5
44840 Main Street, Mendocino, CA
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