Day Trips from Petaluma

Ideal home base for exploring the Bay Area         

Spend the night in family-friendly, affordable Petaluma and then venture out for day trips for sightseeing, tours and attractions throughout Sonoma and Napa Counties and the Bay Area. Our central location makes it easy to get to all of them.

San Francisco

Petaluma’s pastoral setting makes it seem like a million miles from bustling San Francisco but it’s really only 32 miles. Visitors can travel by car, bus or ferry into the City for a day of sightseeing and shopping in Union Square, Chinatown, or any of San Francisco’s other iconic attractions.

Wine County

Petaluma is the portal to Sonoma County, home to almost 65,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries. The region has 13 AVAs or appellations, each with distinctive climate and soil characteristics that produce world class Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.

Sonoma Coast

From expansive sand beaches to craggy cliffs, the views of the Pacific Ocean are varied and dramatic. Exploring them is an ideal outing for the day from Petaluma. Some of the most popular options are Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Bodega Bay and Jenner-by-the-Sea.

Redwoods Russian River

The ancient redwoods make a spectacular backdrop for the lush scenery of the Russian River resort area. Explore the quaint towns along the river including Monte Rio, Rio Nido and Guerneville.  Just a few miles from the Sonoma Coast, Armstrong Redwoods State Park is an 805-acre park offering hikers trails ranging from challenging inclines to serene and shady pathways, as well as picnic areas. Horses are available for rent for designated trails.

More Nearby Attractions

Jelly Belly Factory Tour: Wouldn’t it be fun to see how they pack so much flavor into that little tiny Jelly Belly? A favorite of locals and tourists alike, free tours are offered daily at their factory in Fairfield, about a 45 minute drive from Petaluma.
Charles M. Schulz Museum: Located about 22 miles north of Petaluma in Santa Rosa, the museum celebrates the life and art of legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz, creator of “Peanuts.”
Green Music Center at Sonoma State University: Designed by architect William Rawn, working closely with acoustician Lawrence Kirkegaard, the 1,400 seat Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall is modeled after Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood. The Green Music Center is 13 miles from Petaluma.