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Willits is located on U.S. Highway 101 approximately 140 miles north of San Francisco, on the banks of the South Fork of the Van Duzen River near Eel River. Its a small rural town with a rich history, surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque ranches. Willits is the eastern terminus of the famous "Skunk Train," which takes visitors on a ride from the seaside town of Fort Bragg for 40 miles through the giant Redwoods, over bridges and trestles and through a mountain tunnel before reaching Willits. Other attractions in town include the Mendocino County Museum, and the annual Willits Frontier Days, which is a major 4th of July event that boasts being "The Oldest Continuous Rodeo in the State of California." Willits is centrally located in the "heart" of Mendocino County, and makes a good base for a north coast vacation. Day trips will easily take you to the villages of Mendocino and Fort Bragg, to the ancient "Avenue of the Giants" Redwood Forests, to the award-winning wineries of The Anderson Valley, or whale watching along the coast. Recreational activities in the area include golf, biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and cross-country skiing. The town of Willits is easily reached on U.S. Highway 101, north of the city of Santa Rosa between the towns of Garberville and Ukiah.

Surrounding areas: Redwood Valley, California (12.4 mi), Caspar, California (24.2 mi), Fort Bragg, California (24.4 mi), Mendocino, California (24.9 mi), Albion, California (25.7 mi), Boonville, California (27.4 mi), Elk, California (27.4 mi)

Willits Vacation Rentals

Willits Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Baechtel Creek Inn101 Gregory LnWillits, CA (707) 459-9063
Best Western Willits Inn1777 S Main StWillits, CA (707) 459-5800
Holiday Inn Express1720 N State StUkiah, CA17.6 mi.(707) 462-5745
Discovery Inn1340 N State StUkiah, CA17.9 mi.(707) 462-8873
Comfort Inn @ Suites1220 Airport Pak bvdUkiah, CA19.2 mi.(707) 462-3442
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Ukiah Mendocino County1140 Airport Park BlvdUkiah, CA19.2 mi.(707) 463-3600
Hampton Inn Ukiah1160 Airport Park BlvdUkiah, CA19.2 mi.(707) 462-6555
Vichy Hot Springs Resort & Inn2605 Vichy SPGS RdUkiah, CA19.2 mi.(707) 462-9515
Best Western Orchard Inn555 S Orchard StUkiah, CA19.5 mi.(707) 462-1514
Super 8 Motel693 S Orchard AveUkiah, CA19.7 mi.(707) 468-8181
Rodeway Inn1050 S State StUkiah, CA20.1 mi.(707) 462-2906
Motel 61208 S State StUkiah, CA20.4 mi.(707) 468-5404
Ramada LTD601 Talmage RdUkiah, CA20.4 mi.(707) 462-8868
Holiday Inn Express250 Hwy 20Fort Bragg, CA24.5 mi.(707) 964-1100
Seabird Lodge191 S StFort Bragg, CA24.5 mi.(707) 964-4731
Super 8 Motel888 South Main StFort Bragg, CA24.5 mi.(707) 964-4003
Quality Inn & Suites Tradewinds400 S Main StFort Bragg, CA24.6 mi.(707) 964-4761
Quality Inn & Suites1141 N Main StFort Bragg, CA24.7 mi.(800) 643-5482
The Toll House15301 Hwy 253Boonville, CA27.4 mi.(707) 895-3630
Super 8 Motel450 E Hwy 20Upper Lake, CA28.7 mi.(707) 275-0888

Willits Weather & Climate

The rugged northern Pacific Coast, north of the San Francisco Bay Area, experiences a mild climate year round. There is very little variation in temperature from winter, spring, summer and fall. Summers are dry, but typically cool and foggy right along the coast. Further inland, near the Anderson Valley, temperatures will be warmer with more sunny days. Be advised that it can be in the 60s in the Mendocino coast area, and just 30 miles inland the temperature can be in the 90s. Cool ocean breezes and a thick marine layer helps moderate coastal temperatures. If visiting during wintertime, there is a good chance it will rain during your stay. November through March are the wettest months. Fall is generally the sunniest time along the northern Pacific Coast.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 54°F 32°F 9.91 in. 52°F
February 57°F 34°F 8.78 in. 52°F
March 60°F 35°F 7.40 in. 50°F
April 64°F 36°F 3.08 in. 50°F
May 70°F 40°F 1.61 in. 50°F
June 77°F 44°F 0.32 in. 51°F
July 84°F 47°F 0.10 in. 51°F
August 84°F 46°F 0.21 in. 52°F
September 81°F 42°F 0.87 in. 53°F
October 74°F 37°F 2.77 in. 53°F
November 60°F 34°F 6.89 in. 53°F
December 54°F 31°F 7.83 in. 53°F

Willits Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Little River airport (O48) located about 23 miles west of Willits in Little River, California and the Charles M Schulz Sonoma County airport (STS) located approximately 68 miles south of Willits in Santa Rosa, California.

Willits Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
J's Amusement ParkGuernevilleCA65.2 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworks ParkReddingCA96.1 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA114.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Brooktrails Golf CourseWillitsCA 
Ukiah Municipal Golf CourseUkiahCA18.6 mi.
Little River Inn Golf & Tennis ClubLittle RiverCA24.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount Shasta Ski ParkShastaCA94.2 mi.
State Parks
Russian Gulch State ParkCA23.1 mi. 
Dimmick Memorial Grove State ParkCA23.2 mi. 
Navarro River Redwoods State ParkCA23.7 mi. 
Hendy Woods State ParkCA23.9 mi. 
MacKerricher State ParkCA24.3 mi. 
Van Damme State ParkCA24.4 mi. 
Mendocino Headlands State ParkCA25.2 mi. 
Manchester Beach State ParkCA35.8 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Sequoia Park ZooEurekaCA105.7 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA107.5 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA114.7 mi.

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