With more than 400 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California. Tasting rooms in the world-class Sonoma wine region range from simple and rustic — two wine barrels and a slab of redwood as an outdoor tasting bar; to the wine resort of famed Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola — complete with swimming pool, restaurant, full bar, and movie memorabilia that includes his Oscars, some shooting scripts, the desk from the Godfather, and a Tucker car.
Go beyond the wine and discover more than 50 pristine nature parks that offer travelers miles of hiking and cycling trails through the towering redwoods or oak-studded hills. Rivers entice visitors to kayak, canoe, or simply float along the cool waters. A zip line excursion, a ropes course, or a hot-air balloon ride add a dash of adventure.
Sonoma County was named one of Wine Enthusiast’s 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014. Neighboring Napa Valley to the west, this diverse destination represents the best of Northern California — premium wine, farm-to-table dining, organic farms and orchards, breweries and distilleries, and artisan cheese producers, all surrounded by incredible natural beauty. Breathtaking Highway 1 — Pacific Coast Highway — delights visitors with crashing waves, sea lions and otters sunning on the beaches, and amazing sunsets that color the sky in brilliant hues.
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