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Where in the world: USA  /  California  /  Napa Valley  /  Napa

Top 15 things to do in Napa

1. Wine Tours & Tastings

Delve into the gourmet culture of a world-famous wine region on a guided tasting tour of Napa Valley. As you admire the lovely scenery of sprawling vineyards and rolling hills, your engaging guide will provide a bit of history behind both big-name and family-owned estates. You can cycle (regular or electric bike) down country trails, hop on the historic Napa Valley Wine Train or Sonoma Wine Trolley, lounge on the comfy seat of a private limo or party bus, or join a walking tour of Healdsburg. Choose from a number of combo tours, some of which include trekking in Muir Woods or a visit to a medieval-style castle. The duration of these tours is flexible, spanning from 60 minutes to 2 days.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $125 › Learn more about Wine Tours & Tastings

2. Balloon Rides

Appreciate the breathtaking scenery of a world-famous wine region while floating over its sprawling vineyards and rolling hills during a Napa balloon ride. Climb a comfy basket attached to a colorful hot air balloon and rise up in the air as the sun rises over the valley. The experienced and chatty pilot will gladly answer any questions you might have about the area. After landing safely, celebrate the exhilarating ride with a champagne toast and a buffet breakfast at one of the region's renowned wineries. The tour takes about 3-4 hours.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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3. Domaine Carneros

Taste the sparkling Pinot Noir at Domaine Carneros, or enjoy a cheese plate and a tour around the château. Both the château and the production area are constructed in the French style, making this a more Old World experience than you'll find at other California wineries. For some extra decadence, limousines are available for hire. Almost all of the fruit processed here comes from estate vineyards, and it’s all certified organic.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $356 › Learn more about Domaine Carneros

4. Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour (Return by Bus or Ferry from Sausalito)

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Take time out from San Francisco on a half-day trip to Muir Woods National Park and Sausalito. This enthralling half-day trip takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Area's most popular National Park Monument to experience the magnificent views of the Giant redwoods during a 90' stop (entrance fee included).Next, visit the beautiful coastal town of Sausalito, a gorgeous Mediterranean-style village with quaint shops and waterfront restaurants. If a one-hour stop in Sausalito isn't enough for you, you can extend your stay by upgrading your tour to include the Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco. If you decide to come back by bus and are looking for possibilities to complete your other half-day, we offer you an upgraded option to save money, which includes a 4h Bike rental package from our partner Unlimited Biking (757 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109). Fall in love with all San Francisco has to offer as you pedal around and explore the area at your own pace.
Suggested duration: 5 hours
Tours from $89 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Hess Persson Estates

A stone winery restored in a fusion of traditional and modern styles is home to Hess Persson Estates, featuring mostly large installations along with several paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces. Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess bought these vineyards in Napa Valley in 1978. Walk through the landscaped gardens, underneath wisteria vines, and among contemporary sculptures. While admiring the art, take the opportunity to sip a glass of fine cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay, and nibble on cheeses and truffles served with specialty nuts and seasonal fruit.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Oxbow Public Market

Under one roof, Oxbow Public Market features local vendors, specialty food shops, cafes, and an outlet selling organic produce from local farms. The market promotes sustainable agriculture and eating local foods, and it aims to improve the food culture through education and community. You'll find foods like crepes, fresh produce, cheeses, seafood, fresh bread, wine, beer, and much more. You can shop for meal components, including fresh vegetables, meat, or fish, or opt for a full meal from one of the artisan cafes. The small indoor market also has an outdoor seating area next to the Napa River. Since this is part of Napa Valley, don't leave without sampling some wine.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $24 › Learn more about Oxbow Public Market

7. Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

Just a short drive north of San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument protects a pristine area of about 97 hectares (240 acres) of old-growth redwood forest. Walk among the giant trees, which are some of the tallest living things on the planet. You can choose from several trails, ranging in length and difficulty. For an easy hike through a grove of trees nearly a millennium old, take the short main trail loop. If you feel a little more adventurous, put on pair of good hiking shoes and take the 3 km (2 mi) trail to the top of "Cardiac Hill," which offers unobstructed views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $78 › Learn more about Muir Woods National Monument

8. San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch

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Be doubly delighted in this award-winning combo tour by a morning stroll through an ancient redwood forest and an afternoon of exclusive winery experiences in California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Relax and enjoy spirited education and demonstrations by winemakers It’s the only Woods & Wine tour to include all wine tasting fees. Guaranteed departures 365 days a year. The tour offers the option of taking your Wine Country and Redwoods Tour experience to the next level by indulging in an exclusive three-course food experience on historic Sonoma plaza.
Suggested duration: 10 hours
Tours from $169 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Pine Ridge Vineyards

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Artesa Vineyards & Winery

Set high up on a hill, Artesa Vineyards & Winery mixes exquisite wines with panoramic views of Napa Valley. Owned by a Spanish family with a winemaking history spanning more than 400 years, the vineyard is best known for producing small batches of handcrafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sit on the terrace with 360-degree views to taste the wines produced on this 141 hectare (350 acre) vineyard, or join a guided tour to learn more about the winemaking process. The tours include a sparkling wine sample to start, as well as a flight of five wines at the finish.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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12. Alcatraz Tour Plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

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Alcatraz Island remains one of San Francisco's greatest landmarks — and now you can experience its chilling allure for yourself. Packaged with the half day tour to the giant redwood trees at Muir Woods and charming Sausalito, this Alcatraz combo is a perfect day to see the famous National Monuments around San Francisco.
Suggested duration: 7 hours
Tours from $159 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Wine Tours & Tastings, Sonoma

Immerse yourself in the gourmet culture of the country's esteemed wine-producing region by savoring premium wines paired with local fare on a guided tasting tour from Sonoma. Your friendly guide will share with you insider stories about winemaking in Napa Valley, while you take in lovely views of rolling hills on the way to a family-owned vineyard. With so many ways to do this scenic trip--by party bus, limo, bike, wine trolley (a replica of San Francisco cable car), or the famous Napa Valley Wine Train--you'll easily find the one that suits your personal style. In addition to touring celebrated wineries and tasting creative dishes, on some excursions you'll get to visit a medieval-style Italian castle or Alcatraz Island. The duration of the tours is flexible, spanning from 3 hours to 2 days.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $125 › Learn more about Wine Tours & Tastings

14. Simraceway Performance Driving Center, Sonoma

A leading racing school with world-class instructors operating from a state-of-the-art facility at the finest road course in America

The Simraceway Performance Driving Center graduates hundreds of career-minded racers and thousands of motoring enthusiasts each year, so whether you’re seeking a life-changing experience or yearning for the experience of a lifetime, take a look at the wide range of programs and courses we offer to find out what we can do for you.
Suggested duration: 6 hours
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15. Small Group Tour: San Francisco and Muir Woods with Lunch in Sausalito

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This San Francisco tour is our most popular and top-rated because you get to see our beautiful City by the Bay with a local guide.8:00AM – Depart Fisherman’s Wharf 8:00AM -9:30AM – Explore San Francisco’s BEST neighborhoods!During this time, you are treated to entertaining stories about the neighborhoods and several photo stops.9:30AM - 11:00AM – Explore Muir WoodsAfter a ride, you will have 75 minutes to walk amongst some of the last remaining coastal redwoods in the world! 11:00AM - 12:00PM – Lunch in SausalitoEnjoy a scenic lunch in the quaint town of Sausalito where you can shop and explore!1:30PM - Return to Fisherman’s WharfWe return at the same location we started for you to enjoy the rest of your day!
Suggested duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $119 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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