The town of Santa Rosa is at the heart of Sonoma Valley and all the food and wine that the region is known for. It is the largest city in Sonoma County and one of the largest in the Bay Area, with restaurants and tasting rooms intermixed with art galleries, shops, and local haunts. There is plenty to taste and explore here, and Railroad Square in the center of town is a historic area full of outdoor cafes and antique shops.
The town is a great base for exploring the nearly 400 wineries of the Sonoma region. Scenic vineyards alongside the farms and breweries that produce some of the area’s best food and beer complement the many hiking and biking trails here. The scenic valley is home to plenty of wine and farmland, but also contains redwood forests, lakes and rivers. City parks and nearby Sugarloaf Ridge State Park are the best places to experience the outdoors.
It is best to visit Santa Rosa via car, on the Highway 101. It is approximately 55 miles north of San Francisco. For a more scenic route, take the Highway 1 along the coast and through the Sonoma Valley. Bicycling is a popular way to get around once in town.