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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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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 $82.00

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1364 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

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 $220.00

San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 823 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 $102.00

Private Tour: Wine Country Day Trip from San Francisco

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Experience some of the top wineries in Sonoma County and Napa Valley on this private, full-day guided tour. You’ll be chauffeured from San Francisco across the ...  Read more

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

From USD $164.00

Customizable Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 117 Reviews

Calling all wine lovers! This small-group day trip from San Francisco to Napa and Sonoma takes you to some of California’s most renowned wineries. Visit up to ...  Read more

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

From USD $117.00
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2-Day Muir Woods and Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit the majestic redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument, and savor a variety of wines in both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley on this leisurely 2-day getaway ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 days/1 night

From USD $339.00

Wine Country Tour by Horse and Carriage

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Travel by horse-drawn carriage through the vineyards of Sonoma County to three award-winning Healdsburg-area wineries. First, indulge in a wine cave tour, ...  Read more

Location: Sonoma County, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00

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

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 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

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