16 days in North Coast California Itinerary

16 days in North Coast California Itinerary

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16 days in North Coast California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Point Arena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mendocino
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Trinidad
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Point Arena

Point Arena ©
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Get outdoors at Schooner Gulch State Beach and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Navarro Vineyards. Get out of town with these interesting Point Arena side-trips: Philo (Handley Cellars Winery & Lula Cellars). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at B Bryan Preserve and take a leisurely stroll along Point Arena Pier.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Point Arena trip itinerary maker site .

Chicago to Point Arena is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Point Arena is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Chicago in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Point Arena, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Point Arena

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Philo
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Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve

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Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Point Cabrillo Light Station and Ford House Museum will appeal to history buffs. You'll get in some beach time at Glass Beach and Seaside Beach. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Mendocino Coast, enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, admire the majestic nature at Mendocino Headlands State Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mendocino trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Point Arena to Mendocino by car takes about an hour. In May in Mendocino, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in Mendocino

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

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

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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. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Enderts Beach. When in Trinidad, make a side trip to see Trillium Falls Hike in Redwood National Park, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach, take a memorable drive along Redwood Highway, look for gifts at Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio, and admire the majestic nature at Patrick's Point State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Trinidad online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Mendocino to Trinidad by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Mendocino in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Trinidad: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Trinidad

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio, Redwood Highway
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Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Patrick's Point State Park ©
Patrick's Point State Park
Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse ©
Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse

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Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Trees of Mystery and Battery Point Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground and Howland Hill Road. And it doesn't end there: trek along Stout Grove, see the interesting displays at End of the Trail Museum, indulge your taste buds at Rumiano Cheese Company, and meet the residents at Ocean World.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Crescent City route planning website .

You can drive from Trinidad to Crescent City in 1.5 hours. May in Crescent City sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Crescent City

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

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