Valleys & Vineyards

See how Sonoma County’s valleys and vineyards offer beauty and bounty, as neat rows of vineyards, lush pasturelands, charming small towns, and bustling cities nestle against a backdrop of rolling hills.

In northern Sonoma County, the towns of Cloverdale, Geyserville, and Healdsburg sit in the Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys – just two of Sonoma County’s 18 distinctive American Viticultural Areas, or wine regions.

To the east, the lush and fertile Sonoma Valley cradles Kenwood, Glen Ellen, and Sonoma, as well as historic sites and five distinct wine regions.

The Santa Rosa Plain spreads north to south down the county’s center, surrounded by hills and holding the cities and towns of Windsor, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Penngrove, Graton, Sebastopol, and Petaluma, and the farming community of Valley Ford. Life opens up as you follow two-lane roadways from one valley to the next, discovering gorgeous vistas, exploring parks and open spaces, and experiencing small communities with distinct personalities.

Together, we can protect and preserve the beauty and natural resources of Sonoma County for generations to come. Check out our page on Sustainable Travel, and look over the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Trip Ideas

Food & Wine

Zinfandel is often thought of as the quintessential American grape. But, like other grape varieties, it was brought to the United States from Europe.  Determining the exact origin of a grape variety and how and…

Food & Wine

Sonoma’s restaurant scene run the gamut from European-style cafes to colorful taquerias—and any exploration of this iconic Wine Country town has to start on the Sonoma Plaza. Set in the heart of downtown, the eight-acre,…

Food & Wine

The town of Sonoma is home to California’s largest town square, Sonoma Plaza, which is surrounded by historic buildings, great restaurants, art galleries, and dozens of winery tasting rooms—all of which can be found on a leisurely…


Families are the focus in the central Sonoma County town of Rohnert Park, making it the perfect place to relax and have fun together.  Whether you want to play miniature golf, race electric karts, slam…


Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit — commonly known as the SMART train — provides a convenient and easy way to explore large parts of Sonoma County by bike. SMART trains welcome cyclists. Every two-car train can hold…

Family Fun

Nicknamed “The Friendly City,” Rohnert Park offers a wide variety of activities for folks of all ages in central Sonoma County, in the heart of Wine Country. Laid out in the 1950s, Rohnert Park (pop. 40,971)…


Fall is the perfect time to get outside in Sonoma County. Sunny blue skies remain but cooler temperatures prevail. And as vineyards start to display their gorgeous take on fall colors, a number of wineries in…

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