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North Coast Region Profile

With crashing waves and soaring redwood trees blanketing miles of uncrowded parkland, this is one of California’s most spectacular regions. The largest city, Eureka, is roughly a five-hour drive north of San Francisco where travelers can see lush wine country, charming hamlets, spouting whales and breathtaking sunsets.


MAJOR TAKEAWAYS

  • This region is home to Avenue of the Giants, an unforgettable stretch of U.S. 101 running through Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
  • North Coast Wine Country spans the Mendocino Coast to the rolling hills of Lake County, featuring intimate tasting rooms and hospitable winemakers.
     
  • Eureka is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.
  • The Sierra Buttes, also known as “the Lost Sierra,” are home to 8,500-foot peaks and amazing hiking trails. 
     

Counties, Major Cities and Attractions

 

Counties

  • Del Norte County
  • Humboldt County
 
  • Lake County
  • Mendocino County
 

Major Cities

The largest city in the North Coast region, Eureka, is roughly five hours from San Francisco and has a population below 30,000 people.
  • Eureka
  • Clearlake
  • Crescent City
  • Ferndale
 
  • Fort Bragg
  • Point Arena
  • Ukiah
  • Willits
 

Major Attractions

Romance finds a home in this idyllic coastal region, where fog rolls in from the ocean to blanket hushed redwood forests and whales spout offshore.

  • Clear Lake: California’s largest natural freshwater lake is found in Lake County, and the surrounding community offers up incredible wine tasting, stargazing and water sports
  • Glass Beach: Visitors to Fort Bragg often visit MacKerricher State Park, known for the colorful sea glass found along its shores
  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: Encompassing 47 acres in Fort Bragg, these gardens feature a diverse collection of plants 
  • Redwood National Park: California Coastal Redwoods are the tallest living things in the world, soaring over 350 feet high, and are just one of the attractions found in this park alongside rugged beaches, grassy prairies and Roosevelt elk
  • Point Arena Lighthouse: In Mendocino County, on the closest piece of land to the Hawaiian Islands, this 115-foot lighthouse enables visitors to get an incredible view of the dramatic cliffs and churning waves below
  • Point Reyes National Seashore: This vast expanse of coastline in Marin County offers up dramatic scenery along with special attractions such as Point Reyes Lighthouse, Tomales Bay and Alamere Falls
  • Skunk Train: “The Skunk” once brought steam and diesel-powered trains through the California Coast Range, and now takes sightseers on a fun journey through a 1,122-foot tunnel and across 30 trestles
 

Weather

The North Coast enjoys a mild, temperate cool-summer Mediterranean climate. Stretched across the Pacific Ocean coastline, its temperatures resemble those of an oceanic climate. Winters are mild and rainy, and summers mild, cool and dry.

Dec-Feb

55°F/13°C
High
41°F/5°C
Low

MAR-MAY

58°F/14°C
High
43°F/6°C
Low

JUN-AUG

62°F/17°C
High
51°F/11°C
Low

SEP-NOV

63°F/17°C
High
45°F/7°C
Low

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