11 days in North Coast California Itinerary

11 days in North Coast California Itinerary

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11 days in North Coast California Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h
1
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Trinidad
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Mendocino
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Point Arena
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Battery Point Lighthouse. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Rumiano Cheese Company, admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground, and then trek along Stout Grove.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Crescent City road trip planning website .

Newark to Crescent City is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Crescent City. When traveling from Newark in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Crescent City: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Trees of Mystery
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Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Battery Point Lighthouse ©
Battery Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Patrick's Point State Park, admire all the interesting features of Redwood Highway, and then admire the striking features of Carson Mansion.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Trinidad journey planner.

You can drive from Crescent City to Trinidad in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Trinidad can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Trinidad

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Eureka, Redwood National Park
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Patrick's Point State Park ©
Patrick's Point State Park
Carson Mansion ©
Carson Mansion

3
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Mendocino is known for nature, historic sites, scenic drive, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sea views from Point Cabrillo Light Station, kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and admire the majestic nature at MacKerricher State Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mendocino trip simple and quick.

Drive from Trinidad to Mendocino in 4 hours. Traveling from Trinidad in October, you will find days in Mendocino are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Point Arena.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fort Bragg
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach

2
nights
Point Arena

Point Arena ©
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at B Bryan Preserve, and then try to win big at Garcia River Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Gualala Point Regional Park, then kick back and relax at Schooner Gulch State Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Point Arena Pier.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Point Arena day trip tool .

Getting from Mendocino to Point Arena by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Point Arena

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Gualala Point Regional Park
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:
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Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum

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