Cars and Motorsports
43. Blackhawk Museum
45. Laguna Seca Raceway
46. Sacramento Automobile Museum
47. Sonoma Raceway
48. Thunderhill Raceway
49. Charles Schultz Museum
50. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
51. Sacramento International
52. San Francisco International
Farther Away (and not on this map)
• Buttonwillow Raceway
• Death Valley
• Los Angeles
Other Things to Do While in the Rohnert Park Area
• Balloon rides
• Brewery tours
• Golf (at the hotel)
• River kayaking and rafting
• Winery tours
Winery and brewery tours can be arranged at the hotel. For golfers, the hotel offers package deals. San Francisco has too many places to visit to list here, and Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Carmel are popular places to visit.
Bodega Bay Loop
This route takes you a few miles south of Rohnert Park before turning west towards the coast. The loop starts out on rural roads in some of Sonoma County's most scenic dairy and wine country before bringing you to the coast in the small town of Bodega Bay. Bodega Bay is probably best known for the church used in scene in Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds was filmed.
Our loop continues north on the Pacific Coast Highway. There are many places along this road to pull over to take in the scenery, breath in the fresh sea air, and even go down to the beach. While there take a moment to contemplate the geology of this place. The rock, a malange created during crustal subduction, includes both oceanic and continental crust as well as granite from (possibly) Baja, over a thousand miles to the south. The gently sloping land was once a sea bed, uplifted and tilted towards the west where it is being eaten away by the ocean.
Like much of California this region is seismically active. During the 1906 earthquake part of the harbor in Bodega moved north 15 feet. By the way, the San Andreas Fault is less than 2 miles to the west so hold on to your coffee in case it awakens. A few miles later we turn east again and follow the Russian River to Geurneville, a former logging town whose success in that endeavor earned It the name "Stumptown". If you like you can take a side-trip to see the Redwoods in the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. The "big one" there is 310 feet tall and an estimated 1,400 years old. The loop continues through several small towns and many vineyards before returning us to HWY-101 which we take north again to get back to the hotel.
• The cliffs are unstable. Be very careful when approaching the edge. Rouge waves have been known to sweep visitors from the beach. Great white sharks swim these waters and mountain lions live in these forests.
• Head south on HWY-101
• Exit onto 116, heading west
• Left onto Stony Point Road
• Right onto Roblar Road
• Right onto Valley Ford Road
• Right onto HWY-101, the Pacific Coast Highway
• Bodega Bay
• North on the Pacific Coast Highway
• Right onto HWY-116
• In Geurneville, turn left onto Armstrong Forest Road
• Return to Geurneville, take a left onto HWY-116
• North on HWY-101
• Take the Commerce Blvd exit
• Return to the hotel