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4 days in Sonoma County Itinerary

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Santa Rosa

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Explore Santa Rosa's surroundings by going to Ferrari-Carano Winery (in Healdsburg) and Sonoma Valley (in Sonoma). Dedicate the 10th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Safari West and learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Rosa sightseeing planner.

Minneapolis to Santa Rosa is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in November: highs in Santa Rosa hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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Sonoma County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.