If you want to have a pleasurable holiday at the California wine country and its vicinity, you may want to try some Napa Valley activities that are guaranteed to be enjoyable and unforgettable.

Napa County, California is where the Napa Valley is located — the region that has become famous the world over for its amazing topography and the finest grapes and wines. Napa County is also the home of other towns and cities such as St. Helena, Yountville and Calistoga, all of which are also known for their viticulture. These places also offer amazing tourist destinations and handcrafted local wines — so if you’re a wine lover and know where to look beyond the Napa Valley, you will be rewarded with sights, sounds and tastes that will surely catch you off-guard — in a good way, that is.

The city of Calistoga is famous for its hot springs. There you will see California’s “Old Faithful” (which is distinct from the “Old Faithful” in Yellowstone Park in Wyoming), as well as numerous hot springs. If you’re looking for relaxation and health, dip into the mineral pools, experience beneficial mud baths, and indulge yourself in spa therapies and massage treatments at several world-class hot spring resorts and spas in Calistoga. Visit some of the city’s vineyards and most illustrated wineries such as the Arroyo Winery, Lava Vine and Tedeschi Family Winery.

Calistoga also offers natural sights and places for adventure. The Bothe-Napa Valley State Park has the most inland coast redwoods compared to any other state park in California. Facilities include clean and well-maintained restrooms and pay showers, a swimming pool, and camp sites as well as overnight facilities. It also has RV access, biking and hiking trails, picnic areas and cultural sites, and more. This place is perfect especially for the family!

Nestled between the cities of Napa and St. Helena, the incorporated town of Yountville also has its share of wonderful offerings for tourists. From food, art, culture, exciting and beautiful sights, golf and, of course, wines of vast varieties, you will never lack for options in Yountville. One of the most popular ways to explore the town is to take a ride on the fabulously-restored 19th-century train/restaurant called the Napa Valley Wine Train. The train has a route from Napa to St. Helena, and snakes through the towns of Rutherford and Yountville. Dine on meticulously-prepared and delicious gourmet meals while the train takes you to scenic views.

St. Helena is an area that takes pride in its welcoming community. Some of the best award-winning restaurants (such as the Restaurant at Meadowood, Goose and Gander and Farmstead at Long Meadow Branch) in Napa Valley are in St. Helena. If you’re a certified foodie (and with a big pocket to spare), try St. Helena’s fine and diverse culinary treasures!

If you want your Napa Valley activities to become more memorable, there’s no way better way of topping them off than riding a hot air balloon ride over the gorgeous Napa Valley landscape as the sun rises. Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) will make your dreams of a hot air balloon flights possible, with our affordable rates and other delightful perks!

Having a sunrise hot air balloon flight is often reward enough — viewing the neat rows of vineyards, enchanting rolling hills, and the lush mountains teeming with various types of vegetation — from thousands of feet up in the air. Feel the coolest of breeze up in the sky while the sun rises from the horizon, waking up fields and valleys. The peace and tranquility is utterly unbeatable as the hot air balloon floats gently in the air, thanks to our experienced flying crew who will ensure your safety. The result is total joy that is unequaled by any other “tourist”-y activity.

BATV has been satisfying guests for over 40 years. Not only do we provide hot air balloon flights, but also pre-flight breakfasts, post-flight brunches with sparkling wines, winery tours, bus limo and ferry transportation, picnic lunches, olive-oil tasting, optional sightseeing and shopping, and more! We take care of our guests whether they’re on and off the ground — and we assure to you that we will take care of you the moment you choose us! You can check out more information about our sunrise hot air balloon and wine tours package by visiting http://balloonrides.wpengine.com/tour-options-pricing-reservations/.

Balloons Above the Valley’s goal has always been to ensure the safety and pleasure of our clients. Our commitment to providing customer satisfaction was rewarded with a Certificate of Excellence award by TripAdvisor in 2015. TripAdvisor ranks us at #2 out of 21 Outdoor Activities in Napa.

Exploring the charming towns and cities of Napa County, dining at the finest restaurants and casual joints, indulging in massage and spa visits, and having an excellent outdoor adventure are just a few of the many Napa Valley activities that are sure to please your senses!

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