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Shown: Buena Vista Winery near Sonoma.
The Bay Area is already well-versed in the food-wine-outdoor activity trifecta that Sonoma has going for it, but the city's attributes are being recognized others: Sonoma has earned a top spot in one of U.S. News & World Report's newly released Best Vacation rankings for 2017-2018.
The news site selected the Northern California city as the "Best Small Town to Visit in the USA," suggesting Sonoma is a better wine destination than Napa. U.S. News & World Report described Sonoma in glowing terms, calling it a county known for "its bucolic charms and array of wineries" but also "Napa's rustic, less-refined and more-relaxed sister."
(Okay, that last part reads like a slight towards Sonoma, but whatever.)
U.S. News & World Report looked at cities with populations of 100,000 people or less that offer a number of restaurants and attractions to make them worthy destinations for the vacation-taking public.
Colorado is the state that had the strongest showing on the list, taking up four of the 15 slots on the list. California followed that with three cities named as the best small town to visit; along with Sonoma, both Lake Tahoe and Monterey earned a mention.
The "best small town to visit" category is a new one for for the news and rankings publication, which annually releases its list of vacation destinations to the public. Another new category among the U.S. News & World Report vacation rankings is the Best National Parks in the USA.
Ten places were selected among the country's 59 national parks, with the site using both park visitor and travel expert opinions to come up with the list. Yosemite National Park managed to snag a spot, although some would argue it should have gotten a higher ranking.
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