Embodying the true coastal spirit, the Northern California community of Mendocino welcomes you to enjoy her atmospheric town. Reinvigorating, refreshing, historical and supremely inspirational, Mendocino is a dream for nature lovers and searchers of the simple life.
Whether you're visiting Mendocino in an adult group, as a family, or on your own, there are a multitude of attractions to keep you busy and interested. Horseback ride on the beach, kayak the sea and rivers, or have a blast at the indoor waterparks! There are several fine dining establishments as well as more affordable, yet still delicious, eateries spread throughout the area worth sampling. Interesting and unusual attractions include the World Famous Gravity House and Confusion Hill with its weird and wild illusions, a Drive Thru Tree, and the hometown of historic racing horse Seabiscuit.
Wildflower covered hills sloping into rocky cliffs cut into the Pacific coastline, beaches covered not in sand but in colored, smooth glass pebbles, redwood forests filled with ancient giants, and all the best spas and wineries you could hope for are but a few of the attractions waiting in Mendocino. If you're a wildlife lover, as many visitors are, visiting the beaches is a perfect choice. MacKerricher State Park is often frequented by the local seals, though you can spot fantastic creatures in the sea and in the air at any beach and in the many tide pools teeming with life.
Several movies and TV shows were filmed in Mendocino, including Julia Roberts' Dying Young (1990), Overboard with Goldi Hawn and Kurt Russell (1987), Jim Carrey's Majestic (2001), as well as several seasons of Murder She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury (1984-89). Aside from pop culture, Mendocino is rich in international culture. Here, you'll encounter the City of 10,000 Buddhas, one of the first Chinese Zen Buddhist temples in America, as well as the Kwan Tai Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in California.