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Local Attractions

City of 10,000 Buddhas

The south end of Ukiah is home to the City of 10,000 Buddhas. Welcoming all visitors, this Buddhist monastery, training facility, university, and prayer and meditation center occupies the site of a former state hospital built in the 1930s. The highlight for visitors is the Hall of 10,000 Buddhas, which lives up to that name thanks to the thousands of Buddhas lining its walls. You can also enjoy delicious vegetarian cuisine at the Jyun Kang Restaurant. For more information, call (707) 462-0939 or click here.

Redwood Empire

The Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah is a destination for entertainment, recreation, sports and social gatherings throughout the year. The annual Redwood Empire Fair showcases the agriculture and talents of the community with traditional competitions, junior livestock shows and auctions, a fiddling contest, cultural dancing and educational exhibits.

Other reasons to visit include the Ukiah Speedway are weekly stock car and go-cart racing. Also, be sure to check out the motocross track and golf driving range. For more information and schedules, please call (707) 462-3884.

Real Goods
Solar Living Center

Specializing in education and inspiration, the 12-acre Real Goods Solar Living Center offers the best place on Hwy. 101 to break up your road trip. The Center features a free picnic area, three different ponds, a children’s play area that’s fun and educational, tours, and shopping. For those who have a serious interest, take the 45-minute tour and learn how wind and the sun can be converted to clean renewable energy. Check out the organic garden, permaculture landscape and many types of eco-friendly building materials including passive and active solar design in the architecture.

The jewel of the 12-acre site is the strawbale retail store which features the best selection of green books in the universe, plus organic clothing and housewares, green alternatives for a clean and healthy home, great toys and gifts for children, solar consultations and much more. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to arrange a tour, call (707) 472-2403 or click here.

Historic Skunk Train

The Skunk Train will take you back in time as you are whisked away on a fantastic journey. This is a historically accurate train line running from Willits, just north of Ukiah, to Fort Bragg that showcases the phenomenal beauty of the area. Everyone will enjoy winding through the countryside over bridges and trestles and through tunnels. Breathtaking views of 1,000-year-old redwoods and crisp clean mountain air are just a few of the wonderful reasons to take a ride on the Skunk Train.

The experienced and knowledgeable conductor will offer fun facts as you make the trip to the halfway point, Northspur, a great spot for lunch and a chance to stretch your legs. The train offers closed cars with seating, as well as open, stand-only cars that optimize the scenic views. If the natural beauty isn’t enough, the Skunk Train also provides the famous “train singer” to entertain you. Kids and adults of all ages will be entranced from the moment the conductor yells “All Aboard!” For information and tickets, call (866) 457-5865 or click here.

Shambhala Ranch Spa

Taking its name from a legendary Himalayan kingdom in Tibet where there was a harmonious society, Shambhala Ranch is one of Mendocino county’s most famous spas. It has its own solar electric system that keeps it completely independent of the grid, and helps maintain the natural atmosphere. Pamper yourself with a relaxing stone massage, raindrop massage, reiki or chakra balancing. Or take a hike through the ranch and enjoy getting up close and personal with ornamental gardens, fruit tree orchards, farm animals and timber. 21200 Orr Springs Road, Ukiah. For more information, call (707) 937-3341 or click here.

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About Visit Ukiah

The Visit Ukiah Program is spreading the news about the Ukiah Valley. Funded by the lodging tax from local hotels and managed by a seven member advisory group with local representatives from the retail, wine, hotel, tourism, and art sectors, the program is responsible for marketing Ukiah as a destination for leisure vacations and business meetings to improve the City’s tax base and grow Ukiah’s stock in the State’s tourism industry.