5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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5 days in California Itinerary

Start: Santa Rosa
Drive:  10​h
1
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Arcata
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Santa Rosa

2
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Point Cabrillo Light Station, take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves, and finally take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mendocino trip site .

Santa Rosa to Mendocino is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arcata.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
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Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Arcata

Arcata ©
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): cruise along Redwood Highway and then identify plant and animal life at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park and then do a tasting at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Arcata trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Arcata takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Mendocino in October, plan for slightly colder days in Arcata, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Arcata

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room, Redwood National Park, Redwood Highway
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio ©

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