10 days in Mendocino & Big Sur Itinerary

10 days in Mendocino & Big Sur Itinerary

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10 days in Mendocino & Big Sur Itinerary

Start: Burbank
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
1
Mendocino
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Big Sur
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Burbank

5
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Get some cultural insight at Yorkville Cellars and Husch Vineyards. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lula Cellars and Ford House Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Mendocino: Geyserville (Cast Wines, Pech Merle Winery, & more), Nelson Family Vineyards (in Ukiah) and Philo (Handley Cellars Winery, Roederer Estate, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Pudding Creek Beach, do a tasting at Sapphire Hill Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, and contemplate the long history of Kelley House Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendocino day trip website .

Los Angeles to Mendocino is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Mendocino hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Mendocino

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Philo, Fort Bragg, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Yorkville Cellars
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Lula Cellars ©
Lula Cellars
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

4
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sand Dollar Beach and Big Sur. Get some cultural insight at Point Sur State Historic Park and Coast Gallery Big Sur. Step out of Big Sur with an excursion to Mission San Antonio de Padua in Jolon--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mendocino to Big Sur in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mendocino in July, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are colder, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sand Dollar Beach, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

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