Fort Ross (Sonoma)
Though currently protected as a US National Landmark, Fort Ross once represented the southernmost point of Russian fur trade. In a mostly Spanish influenced state, the fort’s Russian influence feels unexpected, but somehow refreshing. Brief tours are offered of the grounds, but the Fort comes better recommended as a staging area for hiking, camping and picnicking; which Sonoma’s scenery and culinary tradition make very easy.
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