Santa Rosa is the nucleus of California wine country. Located just 55 miles north of San Francisco, the vibrant city offers not only vineyards but redwood forests and rivers, lakes and the Pacific Ocean. In the center of all of this is a thriving downtown area, filled with unique shops and great restaurants. Santa Rosa is the center of all that is known and yet to be discovered about Northern California.
Santa Rosa is mostly suburban, so a car is the best method of getting around the city and surrounding areas. However, the Santa Rosa City Bus is an option, offering seventeen fixed routes within the city limits. Sonoma County Transit and Golden Gate Transit also provide service, but mostly inter-city travel to major places like Oakland and San Francisco. Biking in Santa Rosa is a safe alternative to motor vehicles, with a strong network of car-free paths throughout downtown and outward to the city limits. The main biking and walking trail is the Prince Memorial Greenway, which runs along the through downtown and further out west. The downtown area is also easily walk able and remains a preferred method by tourists and locals alike.