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Often standing in the shadows of Napa, Sonoma provides a more laid-back, small town vibe than its more popular neighbor. Anchoring the Sonoma Valley, the town makes a good jumping-off point for exploring nearby wineries, including the few dozen in town. The town also has important California historical sights as well as a charming town square.

As you head north, you’ll find a number of small, family-owned wineries and charming small towns. Glen Ellen, outside of Sonoma, is a town right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. At the valley’s north end, Santa Rosa is the workaday urban center known mostly for its traffic. If you’ve more than one day, explore the quieter, rustic side of Sonoma County, which extends along the Russian River Valley from Healdsburg to the sea.

Practical Info

Sonoma is located about 30 minutes by car west of Napa Valley. Sonoma Highway/Highway 12 is lined with wineries and runs from Sonoma to Santa Rosa, then to western Sonoma County; Arnold Drive has less traffic (but fewer wineries) and runs parallel, up the valley’s western side, to Glen Ellen.

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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1211 Reviews

Wine taste your way through Napa and Sonoma on this day trip from San Francisco. Enjoy a comfortable, picturesque drive by luxury coach to wine country to ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.95

Safari West Sonoma Admission and Jeep Tour

If you think wine is all that Sonoma has to offer, think again! Visit an African savannah at Safari West, a family-friendly wildlife preserve near Santa Rosa ...  Read more

Location: Santa Rosa, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00

Small-Group Wine-Tasting Tour through Napa or Sonoma Wine Country

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the wineries of Napa, Southern Sonoma or Northern Sonoma on a 6.5-hour wine tour with an expert guide and a small group of wine enthusiasts. You’ll ...  Read more

Location: Napa or Sonoma, California
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $124.91

San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 740 Reviews

Discover why beautiful Muir Woods and the Californian wine country are two of San Francisco's most popular day-trip destinations on this great value tour ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.80
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Sonoma Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride with Gourmet Champagne Brunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience beautiful Sonoma Valley in a totally unique way – from the air! Enjoy an exhilarating 1-hour hot air balloon ride from Santa Rosa over gorgeous ...  Read more

Location: Santa Rosa, California
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $235.00

Healdsburg Food Tour

Discover the foodie side of wine country on this 3-hour food tour of Healdsburg with a local guide. The adorable town of Healdsburg is one of Sonoma County’s ...  Read more

Location: Healdsburg, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

Dry Creek Vineyard Wine-Tasting Experience

Get an inside look at a Sonoma winery with a wine tasting at Dry Creek Vineyard. Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Healdsburg, Dry Creek Vineyard offers two ...  Read more

Location: Healdsburg, California
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.00

Russian River Canoe Trip from Healdsburg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Ride down the Russian River on this canoeing adventure from Healdsburg. Aboard a comfortable, stable inflatable canoe, enjoy scenic views as you navigate the ...  Read more

Location: Healdsburg, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $45.00

Sonoma Brewery Tour and Lunch

Learn fun facts, intriguing stories and insider beer knowledge during a Sonoma brewery tour and lunch. As you tour the breweries with your beer-savvy guide, ...  Read more

Location: Napa, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

Sonoma County Brewery Bike Tour

Sonoma County’s claim to fame might be wine, but the region also boasts some celebrated breweries that are worth a visit. On this fun, scenic bike tour through ...  Read more

Location: Santa Rosa, California
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $109.00

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