Located north of San Francisco, the city was founded in 1868. A land of grapes growers and wine-making lovers, and a handful of streams; these are the top 10 places to visit in Santa Rosa, California.
Visiting any of the wineries of Santa Rosa will get you close to the fine process of winemaking. From carefully growing the grapes, to collecting them, until tasting the wine, you will get a closer feeling of the process of one of the most delightful products of Santa Rosa. Each with their own signature, the visitors will be greatly surprised by the breathtaking views and the sense awakening experience.
Charles Schulz Museum
The museum and research center dedicated to the creator of the famously acclaimed Peanuts comic, Charles Schulz opened in 2002. Though Schulz was not born in Santa Rosa, he lived and died there on 2000. The place holds wonderful collections, exhibitions and memorabilia of the art of this artist.
This 400-acre (160 ha) park focuses on the wildlife of Africa. The place is home for giraffes, rhinoceros, cheetahs, and many birds. Spending your day, or equally exciting your night, at the reserve will bring you closer to the energy of these wild animals and that of the land.
Laguna de Santa Rosa
This 14-mile (23 Km) long wetland, is a rich and widely diverse area of wildlife. The place is ideal for biking, hiking/walking, and riding horses. The monumental beauty of the place is accompanied by the many sounds of the animals that live in the area.
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens
This national landmark, is a 1 acre (0.4 Ha) park that was once the home, greenhouse and gardens of world-renowned horticulturist Luther Burbank. The place, full of lush vegetation and exuberant life, is open to the public daily free of charge.
Spring Lake Regional Park
This 320-acre (130 ha) park offers visitors magnificent trails for walking, hiking, biking, and horse riding. The lagoon has a sandy beach and the possibility for swimming and camping.
Hot Air Balloon
Discover the city, the wonderful vineyards, the rivers and lagoons, and even the rugged ocean coast, by getting on one of these hot air balloons and experiencing Santa Rosa 2,000 ft. (609 m) from ground.
Sonoma County Museum
These recently opened (2015) gallery presents national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The museum is located in a historical, and a piece of art on its own, building that was built in 1910.
Annadel State Park
Located at the east of Santa Rosa, the 5,000-acre (2,000 ha) park is an excellent spot for hikers and mountain bikers to explore the area and discover many of the beautiful wildflowers that grow on the land.
Located at the heart of Annadel State Park is a human-made lake and a place for fishing and swimming. The name of the lake come from the previous owners of the land married couple Ilsa and Joe. It has become a favorite destination for hikers that want to enjoy from the beauty of the place and the comfort of eating from nature.