9 days in Sonoma County Itinerary

9 days in Sonoma County Itinerary

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Sonoma
— 4 nights
Drive
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Guerneville
— 4 nights
Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport

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Sonoma

— 4 nights
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Step out of the city life by going to Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Overlook Trail. There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Schug Carneros Estate Winery, take in the history at Mission San Francisco Solano, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Jack London State Historic Park.

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Chicago to Sonoma is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Chicago to Sonoma, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get a bit warmer in Sonoma: highs are around 65°F and lows about 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Guerneville.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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Guerneville

— 4 nights
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Fort Ross State Historic Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay) and Healdsburg (Ferrari-Carano Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, &more). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Rock Beach, and try for a hole-in-one at Pee Wee Golf & Arcade.

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You can drive from Sonoma to Guerneville in 1.5 hours. November in Guerneville sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guerneville

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Sonoma County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.