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Autumn is Ideal for Visiting the Sonoma Coast

For many of us in Sonoma County, fall is a special and much-anticipated time to spend outdoors. The summer crowds have thinned, the vineyards are turning striking shades of red and orange, and the air carries the scents of autumn. But one of the best features of the season is the spectacular weather along the Sonoma Coast.

Average High Temperature: 77 Degrees

Doran Beach on Sunny DayLocals know September, October and November typically deliver some of the most glorious days of the year to enjoy the coast. Unlike Sonoma County’s inland areas, summer at the beach is typically marked by foggy mornings and evenings. But by the time fall arrives, the coastal warming process has reached its zenith, bringing clear skies and some of the most temperate days of the year.

In fact, October’s average high temperature in Bodega Bay is 77 degrees. Plus, prevailing winds are usually lightest this time of year.

Explore Parks from Bodega Bay to Gualala

Doran Beach Man with KiteThe Sonoma Coast features some of the most stunning landscape in all of California. It stretches 58 miles from Bodega Bay to the Gualala River, and there are many Regional Parks to be explored along the way.

• Come out to Doran Beach and walk the long, sandy shore or cross Cheney Creek and meander along the Birdwalk Trail.

• Hike down Pinnacle or Shorttail gulches to marvel at the tide pools and the solitude.

• Drive north to Stillwater Cove and find the historic schoolhouse amid the ferns and redwoods.

• Follow The Sea Ranch coastal trails across wind-swept meadows to hidden coves.

• Visit Gualala Point and take in the unending sea views from the Bluff Top Trail benches and explore the driftwood creations on the long beach.

Whatever coastal outing you choose, don’t forget to pack a picnic and bring a blanket for a nap in the autumn sun.

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