Frequently Asked Questions About Santa Rosa

Where can I stay in Santa Rosa?

Santa Rosa offers an attractive range of accommodations from luxury hotels to motels to B & Bs which are described and available here

How far is Santa Rosa from San Francisco?

Santa Rosa is 50 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and about 70 miles from both the San Francisco and Oakland Airports. Driving time ranges from one to two hours depending on traffic.

Does Santa Rosa have a performing arts venue?

Yes, the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is located three miles north of Santa Rosa and the Green Music Center is on the Sonoma State University Campus and both venues offer a busy schedule of performances by nationally and internationally known entertainers.

Where can I learn more about Luther Burbank's life and plants?

The Luther Burbank Home and Gardens is on the corner of Santa Rosa Avenue and Sonoma Avenue in Santa Rosa. At this registered historic landmark you can walk through the gardens to learn about Burbank or go on a guided tour of his greenhouse, home, and gardens. 

Are there redwoods in Sonoma County?

Yes, Armstrong Redwoods is a beautiful state preserve of 800 acres of coast redwoods located on Armstrong Woods Road off of River Road, about a 45-minute drive from Santa Rosa.

Where in Santa Rosa can I go if I'm interested in Charles Schulz and Peanuts?

The Charles Schulz Museum, Snoopy's Gallery and Gift Shop, and Snoopy's Home Ice (the Redwood Empire Ice Arena) are located at 1665 West Steele Lane in northwest Santa Rosa.

Where can I get a winery map of Sonoma County?

The California Welcome Center in railroad Square has county maps with many wineries marked on it, and we have more detailed maps of the Sonoma Valley and the Russian River Wine Road area. 

Where can I find out about events in Santa Rosa? 

A complete calendar of our many interesting events is available here

Is there train service through Santa Rosa?

The SMART Train will be launching some time in 2016, and will take passengers from the Sonoma County Airport to Downtown San Rafael. Amtrak offers bus service to and from Santa Rosa and their Martinez train station.

Is there a visitors center in Santa Rosa?

Santa Rosa is home to a California Welcome Center. Follow the Bear Signs to our location in the restored train depot at the corner of Fourth and Wilson Street in Historic Railroad Square. Take the Downtown/Third St. exit and follow the signs to the California Welcome Center.

How close to the ocean is Santa Rosa?

Bodega Bay is approximately 40 minutes from Santa Rosa traveling west on Highway 12 and north on Highway 1. There you will find ocean beaches, seafood restaurants, a fishing and sailing marina, and hiking/whale-watching on Bodega Head.

Where can we purchase Santa Rosa and Sonoma County souvenirs?

The California Welcome Center has many souvenirs, locally made goods, and tshirts.