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Petaluma is a city of surprises. While it’s not on many tourists’ itineraries, it’s still packed with historic sites and museums to delight families and culture vultures. Its Downtown district survived the worst of California’s earthquakes, so the architecture comes straight from the mid-19th century; no wonder it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Don’t miss the city’s museums, dedicated to wildlife, the military and regional history.

Rent a car in Petaluma to drive out of the city to parks and walking trails just beyond the city limits. Drive a little further to reach the coastline and its cities. Let Orbitz guide you through the best car rental deals.

Petaluma and beyond: Wine, woods and wharfs

Petaluma is well placed to see some of the wonders of northern California. Take a seat in your rental car and drive out to see these three highlights.


If the name Napa is ringing a bell, you’ve probably seen it on wine bottles across the world. This internationally acclaimed wine-growing region isn’t just great for trying some of California’s best wines; it’s also set in spectacular scenery. V. Sattui is one of the most famous wineries, with a great restaurant and an Italian-style setting. Castello di Amorosa, meanwhile, is certainly eye-catching – you’ll be sipping on merlots from a medieval-inspired castle.

Journey time: Around 40 minutes

Distance: Approximately 25 miles

Muir Woods

California’s most famous living things aren’t animals, but trees. Drive just a short distance in your rental car from Petaluma and you’ll reach the Muir Woods, where you can see some glorious examples of Californian Redwoods. These are some of the biggest trees in the US, so fix a wide lens to your camera for snaps of these awe-inspiring giants.

Journey time: Around 45 minutes

Distance: Approximately 35 miles

San Francisco

You’re bound to enjoy the drive from Petaluma down to the City by the Bay. To get there, you have to cross over the Golden Gate Bridge, one of San Francisco’s most famous monuments. It’s a truly impressive sight that lives up to its fame. Once you’re in San Francisco, visit the museums of Golden Gate Park, tour the cells of Alcatraz, and giggle at the comical sea lions on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 40 miles