Wine lovers should be careful not to speed when heading to Sonoma, California. Located just north of San Francisco, Sonoma is best known for its influence in viticulture and being home to some of the world’s best wine makers. Sonoma is surrounded by the Mayacamas Mountains and the Sonoma Mountains, offering it an ideal valley nest for premium grape harvesting and a Mediterranean style climate. Sonoma is also an artistic and cultural hub, especially for college students, with its cherished Sonoma State University, located nearby in Santa Rosa, and featuring strong educational opportunities in subjects such as fine art, Women and Gender Studies, and much more. The drive through Sonoma and surrounding areas is nothing to miss either. California State Route 12 boasts quaint neighborhoods and miles of colorful vineyards for your viewing pleasure.