Ferndale, best known for its colorful Victorian architecture, is worth the 5-mile detour off U.S. 101. Many shops and the local museum carry a self-guided tour map highlighting landmark buildings and the town's cemetery with a view. Descendants of the Portuguese and Scandinavian dairy farmers who settled Ferndale continue to raise dairy cows in the surrounding pastures.

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