Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa is a good base for exploring all that California Wine Country has to offer. Its thriving downtown boasts three distinct shopping districts, five historic residential neighborhoods, arts and culture, events, great restaurants, famous chefs, wine tasting rooms, brew pubs, and a comfortable inviting atmosphere.

Start your visit at the Santa Rosa Visitor Center / California Welcome Center, located in an old railroad depot in Santa Rosa's Historic Railroad Square. The center staff can offer tips about what to see and do, and the neighborhood offers a charming mix of antique stores, specialty shops, coffee houses, and restaurants.

Santa Rosa is home to a museum that celebrates famed cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s life and work, and colorful street sculptures of Peanuts characters can be throughout the city. On the museum’s campus is Snoopy’s Home Ice. And nearby you'll find the interactive Children's Museum of Sonoma County.

Cycling enthusiasts from around the world are familiar with this city, which offers a wide variety of bike trails for all levels of experience, and has hosted a stage in the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race.

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Smack dab in the heart of Northern California’s Wine Country, the vibrant city of Santa Rosa blends the pleasures of urban…

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Celebrate the funny, touching, and loveable Peanuts cartoon characters by visiting their “home town” – Santa Rosa, California. Created by…

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From the subtle zigzag pattern and oversized birdbath in the courtyard patio, to the ceramic tile mural a Japanese artist…

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In Santa Rosa, in central Sonoma County, any day is a good shopping day. In beautiful weather, consider a stroll…

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Fourth Street’s main shopping area stretches from the Santa Rosa Plaza down to E Street, a few scenic blocks that…

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A vibrant city in the center of rural Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa (pop. 170,685) blends small-town friendliness with urban…

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The annual Taste of Sonoma event invites you to experience the Sonoma County lifestyle by sampling vintages of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay,…

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Glimpse the cultures that thrived in California before the arrival of Europeans at the California Indian Museum & Cultural Center…

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