5 days in Sonoma County & Napa Valley Itinerary

5 days in Sonoma County & Napa Valley Itinerary

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Santa Rosa
— 1 night
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Sonoma
— 1 night
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St. Helena
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Santa Rosa

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, then do a tasting at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and then examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Rosa trip itinerary maker.

Dallas to Santa Rosa is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dallas in December since evenings lows in Santa Rosa dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Sonoma

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, make a trip to Sonoma Barracks, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally stop by Oxbow Public Market.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sonoma sightseeing planner.

Drive from Santa Rosa to Sonoma in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sonoma can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Sonoma

Outdoors · Shopping · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

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St. Helena

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
On the 29th (Tue), do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then savor the flavors at Mumm Napa, and finally do a tasting at Peju Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa and then learn about winemaking at Sterling Vineyards.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip planner.

Getting from Sonoma to St. Helena by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in St. Helena are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Napa Valley travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.