Vines, wines, mustard seed blooms, seasonal color changes, gourmet treats for the taste buds and attractions that make your imagination run wild combine in this reinvented California goldmine. With breathtaking views around every bend, rolling hills planted with year-round vineyards and some 400 wineries dotting the landscape, Napa Valley has become the chic spot to sit, sip and socialize—and where sustainability reigns supreme. Wine Country may be the major draw, but Napa Valley is also popular with hikers, bikers, history buffs, day-spa aficionados, golfers, foodies and nature lovers. Located in Northern California, in one of the world’s most famous wine growing regions, Napa Valley is a wine connoisseurs paradise, perfect for romantic getaways, but it also offers a wide range of family-fun attractions. Made up of several regions and outlying areas filled with their savory attractions, Napa Valley engages all the other senses as well, with vibrant visual and performing arts, historical landmarks and museums, and abundant recreational adventures. Whether you’re into wine tasting, couture shopping, dining at restaurants among an explosive culinary scene, pampering yourself with a mud bath or body scrub, honing your golf skills at nearby championship golf courses, hiking the trails, pedaling through the wineries or just exploring the many outlying areas, Napa Valley is a little slice of heaven right here on earth. Napa Valley could be your sweetest getaway ever!
Napa Valley’s splendid 30-mile-long journey is best traveled by car, from Carneros at the southern end to Calistoga at the northern end, and flanked by the majestic Mayacamas and Vaca mountains. Make any car-rental arrangements well in advance, and be sure your agency tracks your flight in case of any delays and saves your vehicle until your arrive. Calistoga is famous for mud baths and the Old Faithful geyser, while Carneros typifies today’s reincarnated Napa lifestyle. It also offers the coolest climate with buffeting winds off San Francisco Bay. Located at the head of the Napa Valley, Mount St. Helena is a premier hiking, mountain-biking, rock-climbing, sightseeing and hang-gliding destination. The historical town of Yountville is only one-mile long and packed with a huge collection of trendy boutiques and fine-dining establishments. Napa is the Valley's largest town, county seat and social centerpiece—the most popular of destinations frequented by visitors regularly. Surrounded by world-famous vineyards and rolling green hills, this quaint, historic city features a charming downtown district with unique shops, restaurants, galleries, live theater, historical buildings, nightlife and entertainment, all on the banks of the beautiful Napa River.
When your taste buds deserve a vacation, day-trippers find the allure of San Francisco, about 45 minutes away, and its worldly attractions hard to resist. Equally appealing cities, such as Berkeley, Oakland, Sacramento and San Jose, each with its own set of attractions and spectacular sights are also a short drive away. Lake Tahoe, about three hours away, is chock-full of beaches, casinos, paddleboats and scenic hiking trails. Of course, the best way to see the outlying areas is by rental car, and you should make arrangements ahead of your departure. But bear in mind, you could spend your entire vacation exploring the Napa Valley area and still not see it all.
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