In fact, the New York Times recently said the Mendocino Coast (where you will find Fort Bragg) is #3 among 52 must-see destinations in 2014.
There is a good reason for that endorsement: it’s isolated from big city hustle-bustle (100 miles from the nearest big shopping mall or Apple Store), but has plenty to offer in Downtown Fort Bragg (where you’ll find lots to buy and friendly merchants to serve you). You may be a long way from the big box stores, but you are minutes away from a world of beauty, including world-class botanical garden, ecological staircase, a pygmy forest, a waterfall, giant redwoods, a beach piled high with beautiful sea glass, surfing, abalone diving, whale watching, seaweed farming, horseback riding (beach and forest), a microbrewery, a working lighthouse with original Fresnel lens, a real blue whale skeleton, and five California State Parks or preserves. Did we mention pristine beaches that stretch for miles?
If you need more reasons to visit — such as festivals or special events – we’ve got those, too:
Annual Whale Festival – Saturday and Sunday, March 15 & 16 (just this past weekend)
Fourth of July Fireworks – Saturday, July 5
World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue – Saturday, July 5
Paul Bunyan Days – Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Holiday Lights Parade – Saturday, December 6
Then, of course, there are simple pleasures everyone can enjoy (and most of these you won’t find in your town).