It's about 2 miles, so I'd estimate it will take about an hour with minimal stops. I'm sure you'll be stopping a lot so it could take 2-3 hours.
While Napa/SR/Bodega is doable if you just want to drive I would not recommend it. You would be amiss passing Sonoma with it's lovely town square, History, shops & wineries. I personally would skip the train instead doing a few wineries & other sights, go to Sonoma having lunch on the Square (the Cheese factory place is fun) & then go on to SR/Bodega.
Thanks for the quick replies!!! We are uncertain about the wine train yet. I was hoping when it was over to have enough time to do the drive from Napa, up through Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Santa Rosa, over to Hwy 1 and back into the City. We will be there the middle of next month. How late do the shops/vineyards stay open? Any suggested walking routes from Union Sq down to the wharf? I was thinking of doing this our first day there and then taking the ferry over to Sausalito for dinner, but departure times for ferry for return trip may not work out. Any other restaurant suggestions for our first evening? We are 4 crazy middle age women cousins!!
From your hotel if you walk down Sutter St. 2 blocks to Grant and turn left this will take you through Chinatown____keep going until you hit Columbus and turn left and follow Columbus through North Beach all the way to Wharf. You may want to turn down Taylor or Mason off Columbus once through North Beach and this will take you more to the centre of the Wharf.
You can do this route with very little hills in about 40 minutes but allow an hour .The last Ferry from Sausalito does leave too early to really enjoy dinner. Another alternative is to do lunch over there one day.
Have a look at Steps of Rome in North Beach for a fun dinner night.
I am with peddler on the wine train then Sonoma and the coast.
The wine train is just that, a ride up the tracks and back. It does not stop at wineries. You could go to the Napa Valley early, Visit a winery or two, then over to the town of Sonoma for lunch around the lovely historic Plaza. Then up Highway 12, passing many wineries, to Hwy 101 in Santa Rosa, go north to River Road and take it to Guerneville. Here you have a chance to visit Armstrong Grove Redwoods Natural Preserve, for some of the most magnificent first growth redwoods ever.
Then on to the coast and cross the Russian River. The next 10 miles to Bodega Bay you will pass several State Beaches. After Bodega Bay go south but do not take the turn where Highway 1 goes to Tomales. Stay on course and you will be on the Bodega Highway to Petaluma and Hwy 101. This is about 45 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Yes, it is doable. Easily, but not leisurely if you need to include the Napa Valley.
This is really a lovely trip.
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