7 Instagram Perfect Places in the Sonoma County Outdoors
Sonoma County has some gorgeous outdoor locations that are often missed when traveling in Wine Country — but it's more than worth it to seek them out.
When you think about Sonoma you might instantly think great wine, which is true, but Sonoma County has even more to offer to its tourists. With over 60 regional and state parks and more 50 miles of staggeringly beautiful Pacific Coastline waiting to be explored, there's a lot to see and do here. On your next trip to Northern California, make sure you make a few days' stop in Sonoma County, where you'll not only experience the amazing wine, but also enjoy the serene outdoors.
To give you some inspiration, here are seven Instagram-perfect places in the Sonoma County outdoors to check out during your next trip:
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve, Guerneville
This photo speaks for itself about how breathtaking it is to stand in between these forest giants. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve in the small town of Guerneville is a sight you shouldn't miss when exploring the Sonoma outdoors. This majestic redwoods grove offers miles of trails for those looking for adventure, as well as a mile-long loop of gorgeous redwoods right when you drive in for those who don't have a full day to spare here. Here are some tips for exploring the California Redwoods in Sonoma County.
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood
Hidden above the Sonoma Valley wine region in the Mayacamas Mountains is a huge state park know as Sugarloaf Ridge, where you can hike, camp, and stargaze. In the winter and spring, a wonderful seasonal waterfall shares it's beauty with us, which can be seen below. The waterfall is found along the Canyon Trail, which is a two mile round-trip — but the waterfall is only .6 mile in! Sugarloaf is one of Sonoma County's gorgeous natural wonders.
It's almost Halloween, which means one of our favorite pumpkin patches and corn mazes is officially open for the season! The Petaluma Pumpkin Patch opens during fall Halloween season, and you can pick your pumpkins or take photos of your toddler in the wheel barrel instead. There's also a crazy corn maze that you can enter if you dare! See all the fun things to do for Halloween in Sonoma County here.
Bodega Head, Bodega Bay
The rugged Sonoma Coast is absolutely gorgeous, and perfect for a photo op at the Bodega Head overlook in Bodega Bay. It's an easy stroll along the large cliffs, with a 360 degree view of the Pacific coastline and the Bodega Bay marina and jetty. Learn more about exploring Bodega Head on the Sonoma Coast.
Gunsight Rock on Hood Mountain Regional Park, Santa Rosa
If you can brace yourself for the advanced eight-mile round-trip hike to the top, The Gunsight Rock overlook at Hood Mountain Regional Park offers an amazing view. From the top you can even see San Francisco on a clear day, as well as Sonoma County's vineyards, redwoods, and gorgeous scenery.
The Russian River, Guerneville
Heading to the Russian River for a canoe or kayaking session is a necessity in a Sonoma County summer! Pick where you want to start, from Cloverdale in northern Sonoma County to the town of Jenner on the Pacific coast. Johnson's Beach is a popular stop, surrounded by gorgeous redwoods and filled with people enjoying the sunshine in summer. See the guide to the Rivers in Sonoma County here.
Saint Teresa of Avila Church, Bodega
Known as the infamous church in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The Birds," the Saint Teresa of Avila Church in Bodega is hard to miss. This gorgeous white wooden church was built all the way back in 1860 and is perfect for a photo op! It's also Sonoma County's oldest church in continuous use. See more movie locations in Sonoma County here.
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