Instead of condos and high rises, Mendocino’s shoreline is home to Mendocino Headlands State Park, featuring miles of trails wending through coastal prairie, wildflowers, ice plants, and blackberry vines. You can walk out of the shops on Main Street and right into the park, a unique experience. The trails are easy to follow and adaptable for every fitness level. You can walk part of the trails, or all of them, it’s up to you.
Whichever path – or trail – you choose, you will be rewarded by breathtaking ocean views, fresh salt air, the distinctive cries of seagulls, and dramatic rock arches, as well as breathtakingly beautiful sunsets. Birdwatchers will enjoy the wide range of sea and shore birds, which may include ospreys and oystercatchers in addition to herons, ravens, ducks, seagulls, and hummingbirds. Forgot your binoculars? Just step across the street to Out of This World, where you’ll find a wide range of binoculars, telescopes, and amusing educational toys and games for kids of all ages.