When native Minnesotan Charles M. Schulz moved his young family to Sonoma County, California, in 1958, it marked the beginning of a new chapter in both his life and his career. Though his Peanuts comic had been running in newspapers nationwide for about eight years at that point, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang had yet to become the beloved (and ubiquitous) household names they are today. After Schulz moved to California, Peanuts entered what’s considered its “golden age,” with strips that spoke to the depths of the human condition and touched on everything from Little League baseball to the Vietnam War.
The rest of Schulz’s life was spent in and around the Sonoma County region, with the cherished cartoonist living and working in Santa Rosa, California, until his death in 2000. These days, Schulz’s fingerprints (and art) can be found all over the city, making it a magnet for Peanuts fans from all around the world. Here’s a guide to six Sonoma County locations Snoopy lovers simply must see.