Headed north on the 101, the town of Mckinleyville sits perched atop a hill overlooking a vast stretch of beach. Less eccentric perhaps than the college town to the south, McKinleyville is a rural suburb with all the conveniences necessary for day-to-day life on the North Coast. Still, the locals know how to have a good time. Visit the beautiful Azalea State Natural Reserve, sample local brews at the new Bigfoot Taproom, or stay for dinner and drinks at Six Rivers Brewery, a women-owned brewery and one of the county’s most notable. Don’t miss the annual Clam Beach Run in January or the Pony Express Days festival in late May.

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