If you’re a history lover, here’s a three-day road trip that delves into Sonoma County’s long and glorious past. It takes you across mountains, valleys, meadows, and forests; into charming towns and cities; and culminates with a jaunt up the northern portion of our 55-mile Pacific Ocean coastline. This tour will send you home happy — and hankering to return for more.
We’ll begin in the county’s major city, Santa Rosa, on a five-acre section of the Charles M. Schulz Airport (STS) (2290 Airport Blvd.). That’s where you’ll find the Pacific Coast Air Museum (One Air Museum Way), which displays beautifully-preserved historic aircraft. The museum maintains a fleet of flying aircraft, as well as others that you can explore in hands-on fashion, including an A-26C Invader, D-21 Drone, S-2A Tracker Airtanker, and an H-34 Choctaw Helicopter. Even if you arrive with your own car, this is a great place to start. If you would like to rent a car, you will find major rental car agencies inside the airport lobby.
If you prefer to check in the night before, so you're able start this itinerary bright and early in the morning, consider the elegant and historic Hotel LaRose (308 Wilson St., Santa Rosa). A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the beautiful stone building has welcomed guests since 1907.
So, let’s get started.