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Once a Pomo native settlement on the north bank of the Big River, Mendocino is a tiny enclave along California’s Pacific coast. This endearing community looks as though it has been plucked from New England and dropped into Northern California, among the incredible evergreen trees and carved out rocky coastlines. In fact, most of the original settlers in Mendocino were originally from New England, but the town has since developed a reputation for being highly diverse. As a logging and fishing village, it inspired immigrants from all over the world to move to the coast of California in search of prosperity and paradise.

Mendocino has a very laid-back, artsy feel to it, and remains a popular destination for artists, musicians, and all kinds of tourists. When you book an RV in Mendocino you can enjoy the magnificent scenery in town and beyond. Lovely, old buildings that are among those first built in California are found in Mendocino, as are some spectacular bed-and-breakfasts and restaurants too. Mendocino is even known for its delightful events hosted throughout the year that you can enjoy when you rent an RV, most notably the Mendocino Music Festival that involves an eclectic grouping of musicians that bring music and joy into the community.

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You need not to travel very far to bask in the beauty of California when you rent an RV in Mendocino; there is literally a state park in the middle of town along the coast. Mendocino Headlands State Park is cherished for its elegant bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. A network of walking paths leads visitors around the park on a tour of these bluffs as well as the beautiful beaches that lay beneath them. The paths are surrounded by towering brambles of roses and blackberries making for an interesting maze-like voyage through the park. When you bring your Mendocino camper rental to the state park, there is also a museum you may enjoy during your time there.

Russian Gulch State Park is located north of town and is quite an easy drive when you are equipped with your Mendocino RV rental by owner. The park encompasses a large swath of land and a wide range of micro-ecosystems along the coast and is known for its iconic Panhorst Bridge that spans the gulch for Highway 1. The park has scenic overlooks along the ocean and a variety of different nature paths on the ocean or in the woods leading to hidden waterfalls. There is a large campground on site so your Mendocino RV rental will surely have a safe spot to park overnight should you want to spend a day or two at the park.

Point Reyes National Seashore is found to the south near San Francisco, with glorious views of the water and large stretches of undeveloped land. Wild waterfalls that spill into the ocean, magnificent stone arches carved by centuries of struggles with the mighty ocean waves, and a myriad of fantastic plants and animals: Point Reyes is an unbelievable slice of solitude where campers and hikers can feel truly lost in the best possible way.

It would be strange to not include Mendocino National Forest on the list of places to bring your Mendocino motorhome rental since the town, county, and forest share a name. This nearby eco-reserve has almost one million acres of untamed wilderness and majestic scenery. There are four wilderness areas for backcountry trekking and numerous places to mountain bike, rock climb, camp, or paraglide to above the old growth canopies of the prehistoric forest.

RV Parks to Visit

Renting a motorhome in Mendocino is an absolute breeze but you might be wondering where to stay when you do so. There are several options to check out while in Mendocino, like Caspar Beach RV Park just a few miles north of town. This coastal RV resort has its own private beach, an arcade, a grocery store, and most importantly: incredible sunsets. Van Damme State Park to the south and Russian Gulch State Park the north both have campgrounds for you to use, especially if you already find yourself at one of these parks to enjoy the nature and scenery. There are countless other RV parks up and down the coast, but some of the best places to park are along California Highway 1, which has lots of parking lots overlooking the ocean.

City Sightseeing

This little seaside community is all about aesthetics and you’ll notice that quaint little New England-style homes are common throughout the town. Kelley House Museum is an amazing cottage built in the middle of the 19th century, with tons of unique objects and artifacts on display. The house overlooks the ocean making it an overall pleasure to see. The Ford House Museum is similar in that it is housed in a beautiful old house from the 19th century. The house serves as a visitor center for the Mendocino Headlands State Park in town as well as a history museum carrying artifacts from the Pomo natives that resided in Mendocino before the arrival of settlers.

Mendocino Art Center and Mendocino Theatre Company operate out of the same space and provide a hub for creative activity. Workshops, classes, performances, and art displays are constantly being held at this facility in an effort to foster a passion for creative arts.

The Temple of Kwan Tai is an interesting stop to check out when you rent an RV in Mendocino, CA, as it is thought to be the oldest Taoist temple in all of California. This gorgeous, bright-colored temple is further proof of Mendocino’s diversity.

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