One moment you could big sipping vino from California's oldest winery. The next, you could be soaring through monstrous redwood trees on a zipline.
That is what a day could be like in Sonoma County — and the next day won’t be any less exciting. If you’ve heard anything about this expansive region just north of the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s probably that it’s home to some very good vinos. Which is true — it is, after all, considered the birthplace of California’s wildly successful wine industry. But there is much more to this stunning part of the world that makes it worth a visit.
From the rugged coastline and dense forest to the rolling hills of grapevines, Sonoma County is one of the most geographically diverse parts of the United States — and the locals just love to show it off. Here, you can soar high above the county at sunrise in a hot air balloon, cycle between farms and wineries meeting makers and tasting locally grown produce during the day and then paddle down the river at sunset. And despite it being just a stone’s throw from one of the most populous US cities, it still manages to have a cosy and laidback country feel. Make this special region on the northern Californian coast part of your next US holiday. Let’s start planning.