Surrounded by ancient redwoods in the heart of Sonoma County and just a few miles inland from the spectacular Sonoma Coast, the Russian River area invites you to explore, play or just relax. This region has embraced travelers since the railroads linked it to San Francisco in 1877. Today, charming towns like ForestvilleRio Nido, and Guerneville welcome visitors to their local shops and galleries. Or maybe you're looking for a cup of coffee, a homemade pastry, or a farm-to-table lunch in Monte RioCazadero, and Duncans Mills – the whole county is known for great wines and locally made foods.

Sonoma County Leave No Trace Coalition

Hike through the majestic Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Or cycle roads that are fit for beginners or professionals. If paddling down the river in a kayak or canoe is on your must-do list, make sure to check out Sonoma County's safety tips for water activities here. 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


This portion of our guide to the Russian River Valley follows the Russian River as it ventures into redwood country. On this leg of the trip, you’ll pass through charming towns like Windsor, Forestville, Guerneville and Monte Rio, with…


This final portion of our guide to the Russian River Valley continues west to where the Russian River meets the coast and empties into the Pacific Ocean.  Roll the windows down and feel the ocean breeze…


This portion of our guide to the Russian River Valley follows the lazily meandering river on its journey through northern Sonoma County as it heads from Cloverdale, through Geyserville and down to Healdsburg. As you drive down Highway…

Spa & Wellness

Sonoma County may be world-famous for its wines, but it’s also a popular destination for wellness activities. From Zen-inducing hotels, spas and hikes to nourishing meals from local restaurants, there’s something for every stressed-out soul…


Making your holiday gift-shopping list? If you want to focus on products that are sustainably made, fair trade, and/or locally hand-crafted with a minimum of impact on the environment, Sonoma County has you covered! Here…


In Sonoma County, we invite you to take that trip. We invite travelers to experience the subtleties of visiting one of the most stunning corners of America. This couldn’t be more important than right now….

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…

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