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Oakland to Mendocino - route and sidetrip to Bodega Bay?

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Hi, we are spending 3 nights in Mendocino in late August. Looking for input on options of driving routes in general and a potential side trip to Bodega Bay, Occidental, Jenner areas. We fly into Oakland at 9:00 a.m. (carry on only) and will rent a car so I estimate we'll be on the road by 10:00 a.m. We would like to arrive in Mendocino by 7 p.m.

I've read about beautiful scenery along the Russian River and the charming towns, Freeport, Occidental, Coleman Valley Road, the Bohemian Highway, etc. We’re interested in natural beauty – we do not drink so we won’t be tasting. Can this area be seen as a quick side trip – and if so, what specifically is recommended? Or is it too far out of the way and better for another time on it's own?

Options straight to Mendocino:
1) Highway 1 all the way to Mendocino - drive through Bodega Bay and Jenner but skip Occidental etc and exploring off the coast
2) 101 to 128 - keep it simple
3) 101 to Orr Springs Rd/Comptche Ukiah Rd instead of 128 (take 128 on the way back)

Options with side trip described above:
4) Hwy 1 from the Bay area to Bodega Bay - explore side trip described above – Hwy 1 to Mendocino (I don’t think we have time for this option)
5) 101 to Hwy 12 or 116 (which one) – explore side trip – then back out to 101 and 128
6) Or a hybrid route using Hwys 1 and 101 – Which part of Hwy 1 is more scenic? Bay area to Bodega Bay? Or Bodega Bay to Mendocino? Or would it save time to skip Hwy 1 all together? I’d be willing to skip Hwy 1 if it makes the side trip doable.

I apologize I’m a bit all over the place on this. I just can’t seem to get a clear picture even though I’ve mapped and done a lot of research. Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks so much!

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