8 days in North Coast California Itinerary

8 days in North Coast California Itinerary

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8 days in North Coast California Itinerary

Start: Baton Rouge
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Point Arena
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 2 nights
Crescent City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Baton Rouge

Point Arena

Point Arena ©
Point Arena is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 10th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at B Bryan Preserve, and then try to win big at Garcia River Casino.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Point Arena day trip app .

Baton Rouge to Point Arena is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Baton Rouge to Point Arena. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Baton Rouge in December; daily highs in Point Arena reach 58°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Point Arena

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B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Garcia River Casino ©
Garcia River Casino


Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Glass Beach, admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Sea Glass Museum, and finally look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Mendocino Coast, then contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Cabrillo Light Station.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mendocino trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Point Arena to Mendocino in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Mendocino are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Mendocino

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Fort Bragg
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Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station

Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Battery Point Lighthouse and Trees of Mystery. Get in touch with nature at Redwood National Park and Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Stout Grove and stroll through Enderts Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Crescent City journey site .

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Crescent City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mendocino in December since evenings lows in Crescent City dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trees of Mystery
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Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Battery Point Lighthouse ©
Battery Point Lighthouse