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Mendocino Coast Has Answer To Summer Of Smoke

The vacation season has turned into the “Summer of Smoke” across much of northern California. One of the best answers is the Mendocino coast and its five state parks near Fort Bragg, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The region is smoke-free, fog has been come-and-go, campgrounds are available at three parks, trails are available to beaches and into coastal forests, and there are also several of the best launch points on the coast for flat-water and saltwater kayaking.

For families, there is another angle. It’s midsummer by the calendar, but by the school schedule for many students, vacation time can be down to weeks or days. Mendocino and its parks can salvage the abbreviated season, based on dates, not the reality that fall is a month and a half off.

The region is located within three hours from most in the Bay Area, about 150 miles from San Francisco and Walnut Creek, 199 miles from San Jose. Once you break off Highway 101 past Cloverdale at Highway 128, you drive the curvy two-lane through forest to the coast, where the air gets cleaner every mile you go.

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