Sonoma County Vacations

This region of bounty has fine wines, redwood forests, long beaches, secluded coves, parks that preserve nature and history, and a thriving cultural scene.

Discover the attractions of the three geographic areas that share the name Sonoma. Sonoma, the town, is the southern anchor of Sonoma Valley. Sonoma Valley is where California’s world-renowned wine industry began. Tour some of the more than 40 premium wineries, all just a short distance apart in a scenic 17-mile (27-kilometer) span. Sonoma County, encompassing a million acres (404,685 hectares), has more than 400 wineries within 17 distinct wine-growing regions, 100-plus organic farms and 55 miles (88 kilometers) of stunning Pacific coast. There are also breweries, cider houses and distilleries. Hop on brew tours or grab a Beer, Cider & Spirits map to explore the area on your own.

Get a glimpse into the lives and events that shaped this destination as you tour preserved structures and monuments. In the town of Sonoma there’s Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma State Historic Park and the location of the Bear Flag Revolt, which transferred ownership of California from Mexico to the United States. General Vallejo’s Home and his ranch, now Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, are two of the area's premier heritage places. 

Visit the southernmost Russian outpost in North America at Fort Ross Historic State Park. At the Petaluma Historical Museum, learn about the agricultural history of the area, including the fact the town was known as the Egg Basket of the World. Join locals as they celebrate the area’s agricultural roots at the annual Butter and Eggs Days festival.

Sonoma County has more than 50 regional and state parks. Explore Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, marvel at the Pacific Coast astride a horse, take the Planet Walk at the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or discover the famed writer’s last home at Jack London State Park. Paddle along one of three rivers and fly through the treetops on a zip line. Dozens more parks have miles of hiking trails and hundreds of miles of secondary roads great for cycling.

Buckle up for a high-speed adrenalin rush at Sonoma Raceway. The track is home to Simraceway Performance Driving Center, which puts you in the driver’s seat. Tour the track and facilities and catch the raw power of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA drag races, or other events. 

A mild, Mediterranean climate means there’s no bad time to visit Sonoma County, which is located 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of San Francisco. As long as you see the “Sonoma” name, you’ll be in for an authentic California wine country experience.


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