Options I know of are driving there, or flying to someplace where one might rent a car, and then driving. The closest place I know I can fly to is San Francisco, which is about 4 hours' drive away. I see there are little airports near or in Mendocino... is it possible to schedule a flight there? At reasonable expense? Or is Oakland and/or driving self the best way?

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    'The best' way? What's best? fastest, cheapest...? – Mark Mayo Apr 28 '15 at 1:50
  • I'm interested in faster-but-comparably-priced ways to get there, thinking probably that would mean a flight into someplace closer to Mendocino than San Francisco. – Dronz Apr 28 '15 at 4:13
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    Did you try searching for flights to the smaller airports nearer your destination? eg doing a broad search for all airports within x miles of there? – Gagravarr Apr 28 '15 at 8:45
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    As @Gagravarr suggests, use tools such as those described in the question How can I do a “broad” search for flights? – Vince Apr 28 '15 at 11:39
  • @Gagravarr I didn't know what to use to do that. I tried using Google Maps to find airports, but I didn't know how to find commercial flights to/from them. – Dronz Apr 28 '15 at 18:18

Rome2Rio suggests you fly to Santa Rosa, which is well north of the Bay Area, and almost halfway between San Francisco and Mendocino.

Alaska Airlines flies from SEA-STS, though for most flights you'll have a layover in PDX (I'd try to avoid this if possible). Direct flights are available, but apparently not every day of the week. And this is the only commercial airline serving that airport.

After that you should rent a car for the much shorter 100-mile drive. While there are buses, the one you would need runs only once a day and the one daily direct flight arrives after it leaves.

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