What to do and see in Ukiah, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 27, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Ukiah (/juːˈkaɪ.ə/ yew-KY-ə; formerly Ukiah City) is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. With its accessible location (along the U.S. Route 101 corridor several miles south of CA 20), Ukiah serves as the city center for Mendocino County and much of neighboring Lake County. The Ukiah Valley is a center of a major wine production industry. In 1996, Ukiah was ranked the #1 best small town to live in California and the sixth-best place to live in the United States. The population was 16,075 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Ukiah

1. Nelson Family Vineyards

550 Nelson Ranch Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482-9316 +1 707-462-3755
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5 based on 84 reviews

Nelson Family Vineyards

One of the most beautiful family owned ranches in Mendocino County. Over 2000 acres with spectacular views of the vineyards, Bartlett pear orchards, Olive Trees, Redwood Grove, and 200 year old Oaks makes this one of the most desired stops for wine and nature enthusiasts. We invite you to visit our tasting room where you can experience the passion you will only find in a family owned boutique winery.

Reviewed By KShubel - Canton, Georgia

I visited recently with my cousin and did a tasting with Sherrilynn. She was fantastic! The wines were all very good and we ended up buying a couple bottles. The winery grounds were very lovely and I could imagine it is gorgeous when the vines are blooming. Looks like they have nice events in the spring/summer so check it out if in the area!
Definitely recommend visiting if driving through Ukiah!!! Can't wait to go back on my next visit with my family!

2. Montgomery Woods State Reserve

15825 Orr Springs Rd, 13 miles northwest of Ukiah on twisty Orr Springs Road, past Orr's Mineral Hot Springs resort, Ukiah, CA 95482-9020 +1 707-937-5804
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5 based on 65 reviews

Montgomery Woods State Reserve

Reviewed By ninaSF - San Francisco, CA

A wonderful easy 1.5 mile hike. Getting there early in the morning, before the parking lot was full made it really special.

3. The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

4951 Bodhi Way, Ukiah, CA 95482-6050 +1 707-462-0939
Excellent
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Reviewed By Shobha N

We had been here on a Sunday and spent almost an entire day. The place is calm and peaceful. One will love the way peacocks and peahens roam around as free birds. There is also a vegetarian restaurant inside the campus where you get some delicious food at reasonable price.

Overall a very good place to spend a day !!

4. Parducci Wine Cellars

501 Parducci Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482-3015 +1 800-362-9463
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5 based on 65 reviews

Parducci Wine Cellars

Reviewed By Melanie J - Los Altos, California

Parducci's wine tasting room is beautifully appointed and is truly fun to visit. There are lots of interesting items to browse through while sipping their luscious Pinot Noir. We ultimately finished the tasting with a glass of their rich Port along with a bite of...MoreMelanie, thank you for your lovely review. The Port is the best way to end a tasting! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

5. Grace Hudson Museum

431 S Main St, Ukiah, CA 95482-4923 +1 707-467-2836
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5 based on 61 reviews

Grace Hudson Museum

Reviewed By cbrouillet - Palo Alto, California

A local friend took us to the museum which houses some excellent exhibitions on Native Americans. We only had an hour or so, before a lunch date, but the docent was kind enough to give us a great ten minute tour of Grace Hudson's home, which was well worth visiting- so much to see, so many stories, wish we had had more time!

6. Lake Mendocino

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1160 Lake Mendocino Drive, Ukiah, CA 95482-9404 +1 707-462-7581
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4 based on 69 reviews

Lake Mendocino

Lake Mendocino is located in the northern coast range of California where redwood forests meet the wine country. Created by the construction of Coyote Dam on the East Fork of the Russian River in 1958. The dam, built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides flood damage reduction, water conservation, and hydroelectric power. The lake also provides many recreation opportunities.

Reviewed By ellenmac - California

No entrance fee! Free and easy parking. We took a 6-mile hike here and really enjoyed it. It was a very well-marked trail and went through beautiful countryside. There were clean and stocked bathrooms on both ends. The lake is very pretty and was very quiet when we visited in January. The weather was wonderful--sunny but crisp. We saw lots of mushrooms and great varieties of trees. Nice place to hike!

7. The Mendocino Tree

Montgomery State Reserve, Right after Orr Springs, clothing optional hot springs, Ukiah, CA 95482 +1 707-937-5804
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

The Mendocino Tree

A coast redwood growing in Montgomery Woods State Reserve near Ukiah, is the tallest known tree in the world. It stands five stories higher than the Statue of Liberty.

Reviewed By Laura W - Redding, California, United States

Take snacks, you will NOT want to leave. the trees are magnificent. Take a short walk down any trail to lose sight of the road, and sit down...Renew your spirit here.

8. Rivino Winery

4101 Cox Schrader Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482-8840 +1 707-293-4262
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Rivino Winery

RIVINO Winery is located between the Russian River and Highway 101 in Mendocino County. Our facility truly is a boutique, and although small, we have ensured that all our equipment and processes are of the highest levels possible. From the beginning of harvest through the end of bottling we ensure that the grapes and juice are minimally handled, and only in the gentlest of ways.The RIVINO Tasting Room is open 7 days a week 10-5.We look forward to your visit!

Reviewed By Gina G - Alpharetta, Georgia

We stopped by a few wineries in Mendocino and this was our favorite. The view was spectacular and the ambiance was great. We happened to stop in on a Friday when they had live music and a food truck. What more could you ask for? We enjoyed all the wines, even the Chardonnay (not a fan). Our favorite was the Pinot Blanc and the Sangiovese. The White Port was also delicious and very unique! The owner was super friendly and so was the staff. We really enjoyed learning about the wines. Definitely worth the visit.

9. World's Largest Redwood Tree Service Station

815 N State St, Ukiah, CA 95482-3409
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4 based on 30 reviews

World's Largest Redwood Tree Service Station

Reviewed By Laura W - Redding, California, United States

Friendly people concerned about our trip, gave us good directions, and an affordable full tank of gas

10. Ukiah's Farmer's Market

School & Clay Street, Alex Thomas Plaza, Ukiah, CA 95482 +1 707-462-0083
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5 based on 9 reviews

Ukiah's Farmer's Market

Reviewed By Cyncity050 - Ukiah, California

I love Saturday mornings downtown at the Ukiah Farmer's Market. All the vendors work so hard to bring all their goods for sales. I especially love the baked goods from Rolands Bakery in Willits, CA. The fish, meats and vegetables, the samplings of foods, the music, makes the start of the weekend so pleasant.

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