Mendocino County is about three hours from San Francisco, Oakland or Sacramento, and two hours from Santa Rosa.
Hundreds of miles of hiking trails, endless unspoiled beaches, verdant hills, and secluded lakes await you in Mendocino County. Here you can easily find solitude and beauty around every bend, and escape from the everyday grind of the outside world.
Mendocino County is also home to many one-of-a-kind experiences, beloved by visitors old and new. Whether it’s the natural beauty and scenery of the newly designated Point Arena-Stornetta section of the California Coastal National Monument, giraffes galloping along the Pacific Ocean’s edge, or a tree so large you can drive your car through it, every day brings a new discovery and new memories to last a lifetime.
The North Coast entices guests to savor an irresistible combination of natural beauty, cultivated lodging, and history along miles of undeveloped shoreline.
With its wild and natural feel, the South Coast offers crashing waves, magical
ocean vistas, and miles of hiking on cliff tops and beaches.
Nestled in Little Lake Valley, Willits is the “Heart of Mendocino County” and “The Gateway to the Redwoods,” declarations spelled out on the sign that straddles Main Street. Trivia alert: Willits is home to the first stoplight on U.S. 101 north of San Francisco!
Entering Willits from the south, you will find traveler’s necessities—motels, gas stations, auto shops, and supermarkets. But just north of Highway 20, the route to the coast, you'll find the downtown area and many of the area's small-town charms.