Touching the Past at the Petrified Forest in Calistoga, CA
Driving the winding roads to Napa Valley from Santa Rosa, you’ll be surprised to find a roadside attraction that has nothing to do with wine. The Petrified Forest, not to be confused with the national park in Arizona, boasts petrified whole redwood trees, some 100 feet in length. Privately owned and operated since Petrified Charlie began excavations back in 1871, $6.00 buys you a self-guided tour on a half mile trail and a chance to take a breather between wine tastings. Stop by the gift shop on the way out and purchase a small piece of the forest as a souvenir.