California North Coast Visitor Information

Sonoma County

Sonoma, the last of the mission towns to be established, was fortified in the 1830s to protect Mexico’s frontier from encroaching Russian settlements to the north. Picnic or dine on the historic Sonoma Plaza, then visit the former Mexican barracks and the 1823 Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma.

West of Sonoma, in Petaluma, board a steamboat for a ride on the Petaluma River. Then visit Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, the remains of a once-vast rancho.

Don’t miss the 800-acre Jack London State Historic Park north of Sonoma near forested Glen Ellen. Survey the ruins of London’s dream home, which burned down just before he and his wife moved in. In Santa Rosa, tour the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens and the Church Built from One Tree, now a museum.

North of Santa Rosa, you can canoe in the Russian River past lovely vineyards. More than 50 wineries are clustered along the river’s banks in the Russian River Valley. Hike the nature trail in Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve near Guerneville. Monte Rio features riverfront beaches, romantic inns, and interesting shops and restaurants. North of picturesque Jenner- by-the-Sea stands Fort Ross State Historic Park, established as a Russian outpost in 1812. Farther north on the coast is Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve, where flowers bloom from April to June.

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Top Attractions in the North Coast Area

Avenue of the Giants
Carson Falls Hike
Hike & Climb in Bodega Bay
Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa
Petrified Forest, Calistoga
Redwoods National Park, Crescent City
Roosevelt Elk, Orick
Safari West, Santa Rosa
Salmon Spawning Tours, Redwood Nat’l Park
Samoa Cookhouse, Eureka
Six Rivers National Forest
Sonoma County Farm Trails
Trees of Mystery, Klamath
Victorian Homes in Ferndale

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Camp-California is concerned about the health and safety of our campers and adventurers. While camping and outdoor activities do offer the ability to self-isolate, we are encouraging all California residents and travelers to shelter in place until further notice. We recognize that getting outdoors is what you do best, and we will be here to reacquaint you with nature once we're cleared for adventure again!


Most private parks are open with 14-day minimums. If you are a full-time RVer looking to shelter in place, a member of the traveling medical profession, or a utility worker looking for a park please call our office and we can connect you with an appropriate location.