Northern California Activities: Plan for Super Bowl 50 Now!

The National Football League (NFL) and football fans have begun a countdown to the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary on February 7, 2016. It’s expected that there will be a flurry of exciting Northern California activities.

Napa Valley is the official destination partner of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. With its beautiful natural sights and world-famous wines, they’re more of a reason why you should go to the Wine Country. The following are our suggestions of things to do in Napa Valley before, during and after Super Bowl 50.

It is expected that lodgings in the Napa Valley will be full to the brim before the Big Game festivities. Plan for an extended stay before the game in one of the wine region’s over 150 options to stay and that includes hotels, inns, and resorts.

Of course, it is ideal that you visit at least a few of wineries in Napa Valley, which boasts over 400 of them. You won’t have a true Napa Valley experience if you don’t drop by at tasting rooms in downtown Napa, Calistoga, St. Helena, and Yountville. Looking for a beer to grab for the Super Bowl? Before you do so, take a tour at one of Napa Valley’s microbreweries where you can sample the microbrewery’s own beer.

Napa Valley is replete with world-class restaurants, some of them Michelin-rated. It’s suggested that you choose one that prominently serves Napa Valley wine. If you want to dine in style, ride the fantastically-restored vintage Napa Valley Wine Train where you can have your lunch while crossing along the vineyards.

You definitely don’t want to miss shopping in Napa Valley. Hunt for great deals at some of Napa’s boutiques, outlet stores, and antique shops. If you want some authentic delicacies unique to the region, try the Oxbow Public Market where you can buy the freshest and most sustainable local produce as well as having a taste of artisanal food creations such as chocolates, coffees, fantastic tacos, and so much more.

Want an additional adrenalin rush (aside from the rush from watching the Super Bowl)? Go hiking and camping out at some of Napa Valley’s hiking spots, natural parks, and recreation areas. Go fishing, kayaking or other extreme water sports at Lake Berryessa. If you’re also passionate about golf, Napa Valley has stunning golf courses such as Chardonnay Golf Club. When you’re tired from all the activities, beat stress and unwind by treating yourself with a luxurious spa treatment at one of the spas and health resorts in the region.

Looking for a unique adventure in the Napa Valley? How about observing the gorgeous Napa Valley expanse from a hot air balloon? Balloons Above the Valley (BATV) will fuel your penchant for the unique mix of adventure and tranquility. This activity is perfect before or after the Super Bowl anniversary hubbub. Well, especially if you want to get out of the Big Game fuss even for just a while. You will be able to experience rising from the ground and exploring the beautiful, peerless Napa Valley landscape while a ray of sunrise greets you.

The neat rows of the vineyards will look like giant quilts against the rolling green hills, basking in the glow of the morning sun. You will feel like an explorer out for an adventure but at the same time you will sense tranquility and oneness with Mother Nature. This experience is something that you will want to remember, and it may ignite your desire to come back for another hot air balloon ride again in the future. You will never experience the beauty of the Napa Valley the same way when you’re on the ground.

BATV’s experienced hot air balloon pilots and knowledgeable staff will make you feel at ease. They will also guide you to other points of interest as you glide along peacefully. After you safely land, you and the other guests will celebrate the successful flight with a sumptuous seasonal brunch with a sparkling wine.

Apart from the post-flight brunch, Balloons Above the Valley also offers fresh and delicious pre-flight breakfast, optional shopping that follows the post-flight brunch, luxurious and comfortable transportation, fun and educational wine tours, and many more delightful surprises that await you. Visit to see our amazing balloon and wine tour packages.

As you make your plans for the upcoming Super Bowl 50, enjoy other amazing Northern California activities including a sunrise hot air balloon ride from Balloons Above the Valley.