How do I download a map for the Russian River Drive day trip?

by Karen
(Bloomfield, NY)

I would like a map for the Russian River day trip drive mentioned on this website. How can I download one?

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Russian River Day Trip map
by: Suzi

Greetings Karen,

You remind me I have been remiss in providing more information about the Russian River Day Trip as promised, so am working on that right now.

The Russian River drive is a wonderful, beautiful trip - full of exciting surprises around every bend! My husband and I have done the trip many times over the years and never tire of it.

My favorite way is to start from inland (Santa Rosa) and head West - it's just so exciting to follow the river downstream, round a bend or two or three, and then see the waters empty out into the Pacific Ocean!

I created a Google map - here's the link to it: Google Map: Russian River Drive.

There are many places to stop and explore along the way - take your time and enjoy the scenery, the quirky little towns, the river and the surprises.

A couple of the highlights:

Guerneville is a well-known resort area popular with straights, gays, families - it's open, friendly, and accepting of everyone. Check out Johnson's Beach.

Monte Rio is another popular resort area where the Bohemian Club from San Francisco has it's private retreat (most of us won't be seeing that - it's for serious movers and shakers only, LOL). But Monte Rio is very cute - lots of hidden nooks and crannies!

If you're up for a side-trip, take the Bohemian Highway to Occidental - neat drive, darling town, cute shops and restaurants (loved Howard's Cafe for breakfast), known for its old-fashioned, red-checked table-clothed, family-style Italian restaurants (although there are only two left). This is also where to go for a zip through the forest canopy with Sonoma Canopy Tours (but make reservations before you go!).

Duncans Mills: Visit the authentic Northwestern Pacific Railroad Depot and original cars from the old railroad line, plus the cute little shops and restaurants.

Jenner-by-the-Sea is one of my favorite spots on Earth! It's teeny, it's spread all up and down and around, but it's cute, it's at the mouth of the river, it's just off the Pacific Ocean, cute shops and restaurants - what more could you want! Try the clam chowder at River's End - best in the whole world!

I hope this helps! But don't let my suggestions limit you - there are redwood forests, wineries, towns and villages, roadside stands, beautiful scenery... Make your own discoveries, too! Then come back and share them with me and my readers! ;D


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