You will never run out of places you’d like to visit and things to do in Napa Valley. The California wine region is unquestionably one of the must-visit tourist destinations of the world, especially if you love wine, food, and beautiful sights. Napa Valley offers other excitement for every discerning traveler.
Of course, visiting the wineries and tasting wines are a must-do experience in the world-famous wine region. Whether you want to visit the big names or smaller, boutique wineries, or wineries that boast stunning architecture and offer gorgeous views, the Napa Valley offers diverse wineries particularly for wine lovers. Taste Napa’s blended wines, including the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Malbec to complete your wine-tasting experience.
But your visit to Napa doesn’t have to end with wine-tasting. If you are an art lover, you will be glad to know that the region is also the home of several museums and art galleries. Among the most well-known is the Napa Valley Museum. There is also a winery which serves as an art gallery, as The Hess Collection. You may check out the upcoming events of any of the area’s museums and galleries, too.
If you are about to go shopping, Napa Valley boasts a number of specialty shops, markets, boutiques, wine stores, gourmet shops, outlet stores, and more. Many Napa Valley establishments emphasize excellence in their merchandise and products, and you cannot go wrong when you buy something in Napa! The Oxbow Public Market is known for its high-quality artisanal products and excellent eats.
And speaking of excellent, this adjective also applies to the Napa Valley cuisine — fresh, new, and diverse but also consistent in quality. This region boasts over a hundred restaurants that will make choosing where to eat difficult. Do you want some good ol’ burger but with an exotic twist? How about dining on Boeuf Bourguignon at a charming French bistro? Want to try that paper-thin wagyu beef at a Japanese restaurant in downtown Napa? Or do you want to taste some Northern Italian fare? It seems all the flavors are here in Napa!
Napa Valley may be a wine destination, but the place also sizzles with entertainment. Attend open-air summer rock concerts, attend jazz clubs, or hit the dance floor in downtown Napa. More often than not, you probably won’t leave any of those events without having some wine! After the rigorous activity, relax at any of the world-class resorts and spas such as the Napa Valley Massage & Wellness Spa and The Preserve Spa at the Napa Valley Marriott.
One of the best things about Napa Valley is the hot air balloon rides during sunrise. As the hot air balloon gently glides at an altitude of about 2,000 feet, you will get to see the beauty of the Napa Valley like you have never seen it before. Well-arranged rows of grapevines are set among the rolling hills and valleys. Float in the air in complete peace and relaxation and at the same time feel the adventure of being up in the sky. Greet the sunrise that touches the peerless Napa Valley landscape.
After your wonderful hot air balloon flight, a delicious brunch with champagne (or more correctly, sparkling wine) awaits you and your friends. A champagne toast upon landing is a centuries-long tradition which originated in France (where else?), and this practice has also been carried out by commercial hot air balloon flights for tourists.
But here at Balloons Above the Valley (BATV), we’re more than just balloon rides and post-flight champagne brunches. We also offer breakfast before you arrive at the hot air balloon launch site, and wine tours in Napa and Sonoma. We also give you the option to go shopping or sightseeing, as well as picnic style lunches, and even a photo-op by the famous Golden Gate Bridge! You would like to consider our hot air balloon and wine tours packages — you may want to go just for the morning ride, or choose the all-inclusive package which also consists of a limo bus tour from downtown San Francisco to the wine country (plus on board breakfast with mimosa! How cool can that be?)
Choose from any of these places to go and things to do in Napa, from wine tours to hot air balloon flights. Every bit of Napa is guaranteed to give you a magical, fun, and unforgettable experience.