From towering redwoods to the river beaches, this Sonoma County town is all about vacation.
Step back in time at Guerneville, a California vacation town where life moves a little slower. Nestled on the banks of the Russian River, it's Sonoma County like you've never seen it. Camping here puts forested mountains, ancient redwoods, and the best of wine country at your doorstep. On the meandering Russian River, families get stoked about kayaking, canoeing, or tubing downriver. Johnson's Beach is a favorite sandy stretch, offering paddle boat rentals, lounge chairs, and a kiddie pool. If you crave adventure, step into Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. While the trails here are short, the Armstrong Woods are a must-visit in Sonoma County. Camp among giants in a redwood grove, or gawk up at Colonel Armstrong—the park's oldest tree at 1,400 years old. Just north of the reserve, you arrive at Austin Creek State Recreation Area. Towering redwoods give way to 5,700 acres of rolling meadows and open forests with 20 miles of hiking trails. Gear up for backcountry camping, or set up camp at the easy-access tent campground. When you follow the Russian River to the Pacific, you reach Sonoma Coast State Park. Rugged sea cliffs and colonies of sea lions are the stunning backdrops to the park's hiking trails and campgrounds. If you have extra time, enjoy some wine tasting at the local wineries, cycle through town, or explore the eclectic galleries of Guerneville. While this Northern California town has great weather year round, keep in mind some of the beaches and river activities close for the winter. When it's time to call it a night, head to one of the private campgrounds, state campgrounds, or RV parks that dot the Russian River Valley. If you'd rather glamp in wine country, treat yourself to a cottage, deluxe cabin, decked-out tent, or even a vintage Airstream trailer. In Guerneville, you can camp your way.