7 Stops on the Drive From San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1

breakfast table with view of the ocean in the distance - download our free vacation guideEscape the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area and make the unforgettable journey to breathtaking Northern California. When you drive from San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1, every twist and turn takes you through the towering forests and above the mighty Pacific Ocean. The epitome of a day trip, you’ll be delighted by the many scenic stops along this journey. Bring your camera, your adventurous spirit, and sense of wonder with you! San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1 is one of the most scenic drives on the Pacific Coast. Find out more about what you’ll see near our cliffside community when you request a copy of our free Vacation Guide. This carefully curated travel planner provides you with a compiled list of exceptional things to do, the best area attractions, and outdoor adventures. As you peruse our guide, you’ll see a sample of the luxurious accommodations and the indulgent amenities at Sea Rock Inn


Make the Drive From San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1

Load your bags, put the top down in your rented convertible from the San Francisco International Airport, and make the scenic 169-mile drive from San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1. You’ll want to stop along the way to take in the sights and experiences on your trip. Read over our local insights to find out how many miles each of our favorite places is from San Francisco!

Don’t Go HungryMendocino restaurants

When hunger strikes on your road trip, satisfy your culinary cravings at one of the delightful eateries. Each of these places to eat along the way from San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1 has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you wish to indulge in a sweet treat or savory meal, here’s where to refuel!

  • Tomales Bay Oyster Company | 47 miles
  • Trinks Cafe & Bakery | 115 miles

Whatever you decide to indulge in, we suggest you bring cash for a smoother shopping transaction, and you’ll need it to pay for parking at many locations along the way!


Discover Point Reyes ShipwreckView of Point reyes shiprwreck reflecting on the water

Turn left onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Point Reyes Station, you’ll follow the road until you see the Point Reyes Shipwreck. This is the sight of a vessel moored on an inlet, and it remains one of the popular spots on the route from San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1. If you wish, continue driving down the road to see the stunning Tomales Point Trailhead. This scenic destination provides panoramic vistas of the rocky Pacific coastline, just 46 miles from San Francisco!


Take a Break at the BeachTen Mile Beach

As you drive from San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1, you’ll find a collection of stunning shorelines. Here are two of our favorite ones along the way!

  • Muir Beach | 18 miles
  • Bodega Bay | 66 miles
  • North Salmon Creek Beach | 69 miles
  • Schoolhouse Beach | 70 miles
  • Bowling Ball Beach | 139 miles

Each of these hidden coves has carved a front row seat in the sand for you to hear the waves and delight in the cool waters of the Pacific.


Marvel at the Scenic Overlooksromantic getaways in Northern California

The overlooks on the route from San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1 offers breathtaking vistas of the Golden Coast. These stunning destinations are some of the best places to photograph the landscape and make the perfect backdrop for photos of yourself at the site.

  • Duncan’s Landing Overlook | 72 miles
  • Sonoma Coast Overlook | 82 miles

While you’re there, you’ll be delighted by the fresh breezes filling the air with the salty aromas of the ocean.


Explore Fort Ross CompoundMendocino Mushroom, Wine and Beer Festival

Calling all history scholars! If you wish to learn a little about our state’s history, make the stop at the Fort Ross Compound. Once a Russian settlement, you’ll see a wood fort and rustic chapel amidst the towering trees of Jenner, CA, just 89 miles into your journey.


Capture Moments at Salt Point State Park

Live sponges, hidden beaches, layers of eroded rock, and fields of flowers create the breathtaking allure of this state park, just 99 miles from San Francisco. Plucked from your dreams, capture the beauty of this place with your camera and gaze in awe at one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces!


Stop at the Point Arena Lighthouse and MuseumMendocino Lighthouses

One of the most iconic destinations on the Pacific Coast Highway, this charming lighthouse is a must-visit site during your trip. For a small fee, make the short climb to the top of the structure to enjoy the unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean, just 145 miles into your adventure!



Park Your Car at Sea Rock Inn

View of the property facing the ocean under orange skyBefore you make the scenic drive from San Francisco to Mendocino via Highway 1, be sure to check the road conditions! Once you’ve completed the journey, recharge at our cliffside bed and breakfast. Here at Sea Rock Inn, we offer a gorgeous selection of luxurious accommodations, each of which features stunning furnishings, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, and spacious bathrooms. We invite you to browse these charming suites and reserve the ideal one for your getaway. When you wake each morning with us, you’ll be delighted by the mystical fog rolling in from the Pacific Ocean on your way to breakfast in our waterfront Breakfast Room.  We cannot wait to host you during your travels this year at Sea Rock Inn!


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