Churches are among the most beautiful sights you see when you travel, especially in Europe, and this is no less true in California’s wine country. One thinks of Yountville Community Church (“The Little Church in the Vale”) and St. Helena Catholic Church as two lovely churches worth seeing, each with a distinct architecture and story.

Another is at Mission San Francisco Solano, better known as the Sonoma Mission, perched on a corner across from Sonoma’s central plaza. The mission is part of Sonoma State Historic Park and tourists and schoolchildren have been going there almost since it was built, in 1823.

Sonoma Mission chapel

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