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Sonoma County
Travel Planning
Sonoma County

Sonoma County at a Glance

Sonoma is the earliest wine-producing region in California. Natural hot springs and mineral mud attracted the first tourists to the region and grew as a popular health resort destination during the first part of the 20th century. Despite the devastating grape blight epidemic of the 1870s and dampening effects of prohibition, wineries survived and grew to become anchors of the area.

Today, millions of visitors flock here to visit historic wineries and taste the area's finest vintages. Spas and mud baths remain an attraction, featuring soothing and purifying qualities. Adventurous visitors can hike and bike throughout the region. For shopping, dining and pioneer history check out downtown Sonoma and the Plaza Square area. 

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

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      7,939 miles
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      144 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather The Sonoma Valley has mild weather. Micro-climates control parts of the valley and the weather varies. Dress in layers. 

      Safety Concerns The Sonoma Valley has relatively few crimes. Nevertheless, practical precautions can help protect you and your valuables. 

      Health Concerns Risks are low for contaminated water and severe communicable diseases. Avoid getting sick by practicing good hygiene.