A mere 55-minute drive north of San Francisco takes you to a sweet little spot for all splendid things: Santa Rosa. The area is a great jumping off point for an array of picturesque places in Sonoma County (redwoods, rivers, beaches, farms, wineries) and the city itself offers plenty of family-friendly sites and fresh farm-to-table cuisine but (dare we say) without any wine country pretentiousness. So whether you’re day-tripping or spending the night, there’s exploration, adventure, and relaxation to be found—just take your pick!

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Safari West

No need to travel abroad for an amazing Serengeti experience, not when there’s a 400-acre wildlife preserve right in the middle of wine country. The park is home to over 900 exotic mammals and birds in a natural habitat. Jeep tours that travel through rolling hills where the animals roam freely get you up close and personal, while other options include walking tours and overnight “glamping” in a luxury tent.

3115 Porter Creek Rd.

Santa Rosa, Ca

707-579-2551

Online: safariwest.com