From sipping under the stars to coastal state parks, you’ll find a taste of it all.
While there are actually about a dozen wine tasting destinations throughout the state, Napa and Sonoma are arguably the most well-known regions of California Wine Country. Head to the tasting rooms of Healdsburg, Sonoma, or St. Helena—wine country towns where you’ll find provisions to support any Hipcamp adventure—or venture along the Silverado Trail, set amid rolling vineyards in the Napa Valley. Between tastings, nestle among the Bodega Dunes or soak up the vistas from Sugarloaf Ridge. Summer weekends are the most popular time for visitors, but it’s worth seeing the grapevines awash in vivid colors during autumn months.
Sip elegant wines and pack up artisanal treats to supply your picnic in Yountville, St. Helena, or Napa. (Oxbow Public Market is a must-stop for provisions.) The Silverado Trail is also teeming with prestigious wineries, and if the weather cooperates, it’s possible to ride bikes along this scenic country wine route, which travels a 30-mile distance between Napa and Calistoga.
Exploring the coastal hills and valleys of Sonoma County, Hipcampers will find plenty of glamping spots among the vineyards. Sip your way through the Dry Creek Valley or the Sonoma Valley (aka Valley of the Moon), with the Russian River winding between them. History buffs can explore California’s last mission at Sonoma State Historic Park.
Check out the Geyserville Sculpture Trail, then pop into the boutiques, wine shops, and eateries surrounding Healdsburg’s historic plaza. You can dip into the refreshing waters of the Russian River at Memorial Beach before making a detour through Guerneville to the river’s coastal outlet at Jenner, stopping en route to hike in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.
Public beaches sprinkle Sonoma Coast State Park—ideal for pitching a tent or setting up your RV. From Bodega Bay to Jenner-by-the-Sea and all the way to remote Gerstle Cove at Salt Point, it isn’t hard to find your getaway. Devour crab sandwiches and slurp oysters, discover Russian settlements at Fort Ross State Park, hike the coastside Kortum Trail, or simply stroll along miles of sandy shoreline.