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Enjoy easy access to vineyards plus convenient city amenities in Santa Rosa. Surrounded by hundreds of wineries, Santa Rosa is an ideal home base for adventures in California Wine Country. It’s located between three white-hot wine tasting destinations: Healdsburg, Sonoma, and the Russian River Valley. Napa Valley is right around the corner. From Santa Rosa you can also easily reach the Pacific Coast for scenic cruising and hamlet-hopping on Highway 1. Visit charming Bodega Bay and the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore.
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Santa Rosa is the largest city in Sonoma County and a popular jumping-off point for Wine Country. But you’ll also find some interesting attractions in Santa Rosa itself. Begin your explorations in the picturesque downtown neighborhood, which is landscaped with impressive redwood trees.
Stop by the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, a historic estate and unique urban garden. Tour the greenhouse where the renowned horticulturist experimented with plants for 50 years. Nearby you can immerse yourself in the chuckle-inducing world of America’s favorite cartoonist at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Dedicated to the creator of the lovable Peanuts gang, this state-of-the-art museum features original comic strips and Schulz’s personal studio. See a large-scale mural of Charlie Brown and a giant wood sculpture of Snoopy.
Located in a 1910 post office, the Sonoma County Museum includes exhibitions on local culture, history, and artwork by Ansel Adams and Cristo. Go for a hike by the water at Spring Lake Park and enjoy the view at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Traveling with the fam? Experience the “Sonoma Serengeti” at Safari West wild animal park. Kids will also have fun with the miniature train rides and hands-on exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma Country. In summer, enjoy old-fashioned good times at the Sonoma County Fair every July.