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Redwoods & Rivers

Surrounded by ancient redwoods in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country and just a few miles inland from the spectacular Sonoma Coast, the Russian River resort area beckons travelers to explore, play, or just relax.  

This region has catered to travelers since the railroads linked it to San Francisco in 1877. Visitors today find charming towns – Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Monte Rio, Cazadero, and Duncans Mills – filled with local shops and galleries. Enjoy a cup of coffee, a homemade pastry, or a farm-to-table lunch in a region known for great wines and locally made foods. A wide array of lodging means this area is affordable for almost any budget, from camping to luxury with everything in between.

The best way to see the area is to get outside: Hike through the majestic Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve; cycle roads that are easy for beginners or challenging for professionals; or splash down in the river with a kayak or canoe. See Sonoma County's safety tips for water activities here.

Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez

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