Sonoma Coast State Park
Extending 17 miles south from Vista Point to Bodega Point, this spectacular stretch of coastline, with its jagged outcrops, flying spray and sandy coves, offers some jaw-dropping vistas. Drive along Highway 1, stopping at the various viewpoints along the way to drink in its majestic glory; or go hiking along its trails to spot harbor seals and migrating whales.
Festivals and More
There's always a festival going on somewhere in Sonoma County. The Olive Festival lasts through January and February; the KJZY Jazz Concert Series runs from June till September; the Russian River Passport wine festival is in June; the showcase Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is in late September; the Sonoma County Harvest Fair falls in October; and the World's Ugliest Dog Contest happens in June!
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Lose yourself amongst a grove of magnificent ancient Redwood trees, including some of the oldest and tallest specimens in the entire State. Walk the shady nature trails; picnic whilst looking up, and soak up the stillness of a centuries-old landscape unlike any other.
Enjoy some time out on the water, kayaking or rafting down the Russian River amid breathtaking scenery. Calm stretches alternate with rapids, and there are plenty of beaches to take some time out at along the way. Look out for otters, turtles and Great Blue herons as you float along.
Hit The Town
Sonoma County has some interesting towns well worth exploring. Sonoma itself, with its tree-filled plaza, has a good number of wine tasting rooms, as well as motor racing at the Infineon Raceway, and good theatre and opera. Glen Ellen is where Call of The Wild author Jack London lived, and you can tour his house as well as the grounds of his ranch.