Napa Valley is best known as the heart of California wine country. Dozens of wineries span the landscape, drawing thousands of visitors every year for tours, tastings, and a countryside adventure that can't be replicated by many other places around the world. But Napa has more to offer than its array of vineyards. If you're planning a trip, here are some of the top things to do in Napa Valley.
Driving through the Napa back roads, finding random vineyards to visit, is a perfectly fine way to spend part of a vacation. But if you prefer a more targeted approach, consider the recently remodeled Stag's Leap, the incredible 18th century style chateau housing Domaine Carneros, or the famed Inglenook Winery, restored by Francis Ford Coppola in the 1970s and now so popular appointments must be made to tour the facility.
As extraordinary as some of the Napa wineries are on the ground, it's a breathtaking experience to view the whole scene from above, stretching across the countryside. Napa boasts several companies willing to take you high into the sky; try Napa Valley Aloft, or if you're on the north end of the valley, Calistoga Balloons.
Hot air balloons are necessarily best enjoyed during the day, and most vineyards end their days relatively early as well. If you're not ready to turn in at eight p.m., head into the more populated part of the valley and enjoy some nighttime entertainment. Looking for some food, perhaps with a different type of drink or a relaxed activity? Head to Billco's Billiards & Darts or Crush Ultra Lounge. Prefer to sit down and enjoy a show? See what's going on at the Uptown Theatre and Silo's Music Room.
Whether you're mainly interested in the famed wines or looking for a broader set of experiences on your vacation, Napa Valley is ready to entertain. Come for a visit, stay for awhile.