California's Russian River is one of the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area, starting in Mendocino County and cutting through Sonoma County on its way to the ocean.

The entire Russian River runs more than 110 miles from its source to the Pacific Ocean, and much of the area is popular as a tourist destination. Towns like Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Santa Rosa, Geyserville, Sebastopol, Jenner and Bodega Bay are all draws for outdoor recreation, fine dining and winery visits.

The river itself is great for canoeing, swimming, and fishing from spring through fall. In the beautiful countryside on either side of the river you can go horseback riding, hiking, camping or golfing. The Russian River Valley is famous for its wineries, known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – and that thriving wine culture brings with it a thriving food culture. You can take wine tasting tours in the area, and cap them off with excellent meals in nearly any town throughout the Russian River Valley.

Practical Info

The Russian River Valley wine region doesn't encompass the entire Russian River, but it does include some of the most popular towns and recreation areas along the river. Note that the river is typically too fast during the winter for boating or swimming. 

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Wine Country Adventure: Bike and Kayak Wine Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience California Wine Country on a fun-filled day in the picturesque rolling hills of the Alexander Valley. First, you'll bike along country roads, ...  Read more

Location: Sonoma County, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $175.00

Russian River Valley or Dry Creek Valley Wine Tour by Segway

Break away from the crowds and explore the Dry Creek Valley or Russian River Valley wine region on a Segway, a personal form of transportation that lets you ...  Read more

Location: Healdsburg, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.00

Guided Kayak Tour: Russian River or Jenner Coast

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Embark on a unique tour of California Wine Country! On this guided kayak tour, you can kayak in one of two beautiful places in Sonoma County. Choose either a ...  Read more

Location: Sonoma County, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $155.00

Wine Country Bike Tour and Picnic Lunch with Transport from San Francisco

Spend a relaxing day outside of San Francisco on this Wine Country bike tour! After pickup from your San Francisco hotel in the morning, head to Wine Country ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.00

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