7 days in Sonoma County Itinerary

7 days in Sonoma County Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Guerneville
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Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Healdsburg (Dry Creek Vineyard & Ferrari-Carano Winery). Dedicate the 4th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and do a tasting at Korbel Champagne Cellars.

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Chicago to Guerneville is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in October: highs in Guerneville hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sonoma.

Things to do in Guerneville

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

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— 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.
Dedicate the 6th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Sonoma Valley, don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks, stroll through Jack London State Historic Park, and do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery.

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Traveling by car from Guerneville to Sonoma takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Sonoma can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sonoma County travel guide

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.