10 days in Mendocino & Big Sur Itinerary

10 days in Mendocino & Big Sur Itinerary

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Fly to Oakland, Bus to Willits, Taxi to Mendocino
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Mendocino
— 5 nights
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Big Sur
— 4 nights
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Mendocino

— 5 nights
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Noyo Headlands Park and Glass Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mendocino Art Center and Ford House Visitor Center & Museum. Explore Mendocino's surroundings by going to Philo (Lula Cellars, Handley Cellars Winery, &more), Yorkville Cellars (in Yorkville) and Nelson Family Vineyards (in Ukiah). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Ramazzotti Wine Tasting, enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Highlight Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pudding Creek Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mendocino road trip tool.

Burbank to Mendocino is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Burbank in April, expect Mendocino to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Mendocino

Wineries · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur

— 4 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Point Sur State Historic Park and Mission San Antonio de Padua. Escape the urban bustle at Pfeiffer State Beach and Partington Cove. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, kick back and relax at Sand Dollar Beach, and stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur day trip planner.

Getting from Mendocino to Big Sur by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Mendocino in April, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips