Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport is an airport located around 11 kilometres or seven miles northwest of downtown Santa Rosa, within Sonoma County, in the state of California, within the United States. It can be found on the map at 38.508889 latitude and -122.812778 longitude. The airport is named after the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip cartoonist, Charles M. Schulz, who has lived within Santa Rosa for more than 30 years; its logo then shows Charles M. Schulz character ‘Snoopy’, in a WWI flying ace attire, on top of his doghouse. Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport operates with two asphalt-surfaced runways that span 1,500 metres or 5,000 feet, and 1,800 metres or 6,000 feet in length.
What to see & do
When within Santa Rosa, do not miss its points of interest which include Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Redwood Empire Ice Arena, Safari West, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, Spring Lake Regional Park, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Pacific Coast Air Museum, Sonoma County Museum, Lake Ralphine, Schramsberg Vineyards, and more.
Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center to view some of the works of ‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz. Founded in 2002, the museum houses comic strips, and artworks by Schulz, along with a 3.5 short-tonne wood sculpture that shows the evolution of Snoopy. The museum also has a ceramic mural that has been made with 3,588 Peanuts strips, to form an image of Lucy van Pelt, holding the football for Charlie Brown. The mural stands at around 22 feet or 6.7 metres in height. Other than Schulz’s works, the museum also has permanent exhibits by Christo, along with tributes from other artists.
Another ‘Peanuts’ related destination within Santa Rosa, California is the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, also referred to as Snoopy’s Home Ice. As an indoor ice rink, it is well-known within northern California as the spot for private ice skating, figure skating, along with junior and adult hockey. When hosting the annual Snoopy’s Senior World Hockey Tournament, the arena is able to seat approximately 500 visitors, and can seat up to 3,000 visitors, during concerts and various events.
Travel to Santa Rosa, California and visit Safari West. Occupying an area of around 400 acres or 160 hectares, the private wildlife reserve is home to around 50 species, 850 animals, native to Africa, such as the giraffes, rhinoceros, cheetahs, along with numerous species of birds. As a part of the six accredited private zoos to be found within the United States, the park puts together vacation lodging and wild animal care.
How to get around within Santa Rosa
A fairly common way of getting around within Santa Rosa, California, is via personal vehicles since the city is largely suburban. Other way of moving around include going by the Santa Rosa CityBus, along with the Sonoma County Transit, and Golden Gate Transit which provides service in Santa Rosa, albeit mainly focusing on inter city travel. Another option for travelling throughout the city is by bicycle. Most of the spots within Santa Rosa are very accessible to bikes with its car-free pathways and roads that aren’t too busy. When within Santa Rosa’s downtown centre or core, the area is pedestrian friendly and with various areas easily within walking distance.
How to get there
Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport only operates flights to and from Los Angeles, California via Los Angeles International Airport; Portland, Oregon via Portland International Airport; San Diego, California via San Diego International Airport; and Seattle/Tacoma via Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. These destinations can be reached with flights via Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air.
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