Self-Guided tours will let you create your personalized Sonoma County experience at your own pace. Why use the maps? This beautiful part of Northern California offers so much to choose from. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the flood of information on the net. Don’t limit yourself to the obvious attractions and miss out on so much more than the wine.
These five self-guided day trips will lead you to terrific out-of-the-way places that most visitors never see. The free day trip itineraries and accompanying maps are yours to print out for your personal use.
Each trip covers a specific region of the county so that you can explore and experience the particular beauty and character of that area.
A Green Day
On the South Coast day trip you will explore rural southwest Sonoma County. Travel west through apple country to the Pacific Coast. Return inland and swing north through dense woods to bohemian Occidental and on to Graton, a small art community hidden in the vineyards. End the day in Sebastopol, the “green” town, home to environmentalists, healthy-life-style advocates and artists.
A Valley of Wine, Art, and Natural Beauty
The Sonoma Valley self-guided day trip will offer a good mix of wine- and food-tasting, shopping, local art, scenic drives, and visits to spectacular winery estates and gardens.
The Hub of Sonoma County
The Santa Rosa self-guided day trip provides cultural attractions, fun for kids, antique shopping, local historical sites, wine-country inspired gourmet dining, and evening entertainment. This day trip will satisfy those who like the bustle of a growing, progressive city. This day trip route pinpoints just a few wine-tasting options, but you can detour to many within a few miles.
North County’s Four Appellations
The Healdsburg area day trip includes the most wineries of any of the trips. You will experience wine-tasting while meandering along picture postcard-perfect backroads and discover delightful surprises off the beaten path.
Follow the River to the North Coast
Start the Russian River self-guided day trip with a backroads trip through picturesque wine country, and tastings at wineries with personalities featuring wines with an attitude. Then follow the river, passing through free-spirited river towns, to the rugged north Sonoma Coast, historic Ft. Ross and a back country coastal scenic drive that will leave you breathless.
Look over the highlights of each route to decide which backroads beckon you. Download and print out the free backroads and byways self-guided tour pages and free maps for your personal use. See the Sonoma travel tips page to pack what you’ll need to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable. You’ll be on your way to creating your own personal memories of Sonoma backroads and byways.
Note: Are you visiting just to enjoy wine-tasting and learn about the wine industry? Check out reasons for booking a professional wine tour.