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- Address: 19005 Coast Hwy One, Jenner, California 95450, USA
- Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily; parking and restrooms facilities only open during Fort Compound operational times
- Admission: $8 per car, $7 senior car
The strong, weather-beaten structures of Fort Ross State Historic Park are situated high atop a bluff, overlooking the Sonoma coastline. The former Russian fortress dates back to the 1800s and gives visitors a look inside an early California settlement, including the state’s first windmill. Check out the surviving buildings from 1836 — the chapel and the National Landmark Rochev house — or saunter around the reconstructed barracks.
Visitors can brush up on past events at the on-site museum or wander through the historic orchards, while history enthusiasts can thumb through the largest selection of Russian history north of San Francisco at the Fort Ross Library. Trek down to Sandy Cove and listen to crashing waves or explore the tide pools.
Fort Ross State Historic Park is located on California’s Sonoma County Coast, two hours north of San Francisco. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset, though parking and restroom facilities are only available during the Fort Compound operational days and times. Vehicle entrance fees are $8 per car, and $7 for senior’s cars.