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Places to Visit While Attending the 35th Anniversary of OMC / Opel Nationals Towns and Cities

1. Arcata
2. Berkeley
3. Bodega Bay
4. Bolinas
5. Crescent City
6. Jenner
7. Mendocino
8. Monterey
9. Napa
10. Redding
11. Rohnert Park (red star)
12. Sacramento
13. San Francisco
14. San Jose
15. Santa Cruz
16. Sonoma
17. Sonora
18. South Lake Tahoe
19. Stinson Beach

History, Nature, and Parks

20. Armstrong Redwood Park
21. Fort Ross State Historic Park
22. Humboldt Redwoods State Park
23. Kings Canyon National Park
24. Lake Tahoe
25. Marin Headlands
26. Mono Lake
27. Mount Lassen
28. Mount Shasta
29. Mount Tamalpais
30. Mount Whitney
31. Muir Beach
32. Muir Woods
33. Old Sacramento
34. Owens Lake
35. Point Bonita Lighthouse
36. Point Reyes National Seashore
37. Sequoia National Park (giant sequoias)
38. Shasta-Trinity National Forest
39. Sonoma Coast State Park
40. Tennessee Valley
41. White Mountain
42. Yosemite National Park


Cars and Motorsportsgolden-gate

43. Blackhawk Museum
44. Canape
45. Laguna Seca Raceway
46. Sacramento Automobile Museum
47. Sonoma Raceway
48. Thunderhill Raceway

Other Attractions

49. Charles Schultz Museum
50. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Airports

51. Sacramento International
52. San Francisco International

Farther Away (and not on this map)

Buttonwillow Raceway
Death Valley
Los Angeles
Reno

Other Things to Do While in the Rohnert Park Areawinchester-mystery-house

Balloon rides
Brewery tours
Casino
Geo-caching
Golf (at the hotel)
Hiking
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.

PrecautionsPlaces to visit

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.

Directions

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
Forestville
Graton
Sebastopol
North on HWY-101
Take the Commerce Blvd exit
Return to the hotel


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