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The areas of the Russian River overlap - you don't have to choose to visit one or another as it only takes about an hour and a half to drive through all the regions. View map.
Canoeing & Kayaking
The Russian River Resort Area or the lower Russian River is comprised of all river towns west of the Highway 101. This is the most popular area to enjoy river activities. The geography is hilly and wooded. You will surely feel out in the country. Guerneville lies at the center or this region. By moving either towards the coast or northeast towards the wine region you can put yourself in position to be closest to those activities you most seek.
Set along the beautiful Sonoma County coastline, the Russian River coast is home to many spectacular parks and several charming towns. The river enters the ocean just as it runs past the town of Jenner. The river's mouth is also the start of a state owned (public access) section of coastline which runs 10 miles south to Bodega Bay. North of Jenner the coastline becomes more rugged and dramatic and makes for great a great scenic drive to visit the historical Fort Ross, Gualala or one of the parks.
River Rock Casino
Wine Tasting & Tours
The Russian River Wine Region or the Upper Russian River is all river towns north of the River Road / Guerneville exit. The land is open with rolling hills framing the landscapes. There are many famous winemakers who grow their grapes in the renowned viticulture regions of the Russian River area. Visitors can taste wines over diver, at tasting rooms or by visiting the wineries.
Luther Burbank Home & Gardens
Pacific Coast Air Museum
The inland region is a combination of some of the best aspects of the resort region and wine region. You will fine great dining here and can experience the Northern California country without venturing too far into it. Sebastopol is the largest town of the region with theater productions, fairs and other events. Occidental is a town almost made for tourists. The little downtown set in the hills is packed full of one great shopping and dining businesses after another.