The Skunk Train
Ride 40 miles of railroad through magnificent redwood forests, past scenic mountain meadows, along deep river valleys and over 30 trestle bridges deep into the back country. The steam-powered Skunk Train follows the traditional route used to carry lumber from the woods to the Mendocino sawmills, and the views from its open carriages are sublime.
Just north of Point Arena, with its iconic lighthouse marking the most westerly point in the Lower 48, the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands is the USA's newest National Monument. Designated in 2014, it's a 12-mile stretch of beautifully rugged Pacific coastline, with bluffs, beaches, dunes and off-shore islands - perfect for hiking, picnics and wildlife-spotting.
Drink and Be Merry
There are over 100 wineries in Mendocino County, mostly clustered in Anderson Valley. Wind your way along scenic byways, stopping to sample superb Pinot Noirs, sparkling wines and Alsace varietals - or if beer is more your thing, head to the Anderson Valley Brewing Company instead.
A Walk in the Woods
A stroll amongst giant coastal redwood trees is a must on Mendocino County holidays. These are the tallest trees on the planet, towering up to 350ft, and the biggest of them all was at Montgomery Woods - until its top was blown off by lightning! For an experience at the other end of the scale visit the Pygmy Forest in Van Damme State Park, where the trees and shrubs are bizarrely stunted.
This fabulous seaside gem with its wooden buildings, cluster of galleries and superb botanical gardens complete with ocean views is not to be missed. Browse boutique shops or grab a tasty bite to eat before heading to the Mendocino Headlands State Park for a spectacular stroll past rocky sea arches, dramatic sink holes and hidden grottoes.