7 days in Mendocino & Florence Itinerary

7 days in Mendocino & Florence Itinerary

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7 days in Mendocino & Florence Itinerary

Start: Citrus Heights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
End: Citrus Heights


Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery, then take in the views from Albion River Bridge, and finally explore the activities along Big River. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, shop like a local with Highlight Gallery, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Mendocino Coast.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mendocino road trip planning tool .

Citrus Heights to Mendocino is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mendocino when traveling from Citrus Heights in July, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Mendocino

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Philo, Albion River Bridge
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Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Big River ©
Big River
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery


Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sand Master Park and Heceta Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Seal Rock State Wayside and Hobbit Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Bandon (Face Rock Creamery & Bandon Dunes Golf Resort) and Yachats (Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest & Yachats State Park). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Darlingtonia State Natural Site and take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Well.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Florence online trip maker .

You can drive from Mendocino to Florence in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from Mendocino in July, plan for much colder days in Florence, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yachats, Bandon, Seal Rock State Wayside, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
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Darlingtonia State Natural Site ©
Darlingtonia State Natural Site
Heceta Beach ©
Heceta Beach
Sand Master Park ©
Sand Master Park

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