When talking about hidden gems, Mendocino county is well worth the mention as California's number one undiscovered getaway. Just coming up on Highway 1 along California coast, world known scenic driving route, you will get lost in the sights of the Pacific. Approaching the Mendocino, a line of the redwood forest of remarkable shapes and sizes wraps around the road creating a pathway you want to pass over and over again. More of this marvelous setting the area provides are found at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of wonderful flora collection along with 150 species of birds, featuring the Savannah Sparrows. The Garden is situated at Fort Bragg, a charming coastal place with unique attractions offered, some of them disappearing slowly, like Glass Beach with finely ground colorful glass, so best to visit soon. Aboard the oldie but goldie Skunk train and take in the sights of 600 years old trees from the open air observation cart. Great way to explore these natural skyscrapers. Further south at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, enjoy the panoramic ocean views and maybe catch a glimpse of sea lions and whales passing by.