Napa is one of the world’s best wine-growing regions, with hundreds of wineries sprawling over rolling hills. Napa Valley, unlike its neighbor Sonoma Valley, can occasionally feel a little touristy (it's not uncommon to see a tour bus parked at a winery), and it also feels geared toward visitors with cash to spend -- so those with lighter wallets might feel a little out of place. But perhaps that's inevitable in the U.S.' best wine-tasting destination, where the most popular visitor activities are drinking, eating, shopping, and spa-going.
Hikers, non-drinkers, and eco-tourists can expect to have (almost) as much fun as wine experts, however -- Napa offers a wide range of attractions apart from wine tasting and fine dining. In fact, Napa Valley has the world’s busiest hot-air balloon tour industry, and is home to some of the most charming towns in California.
The beauty of Napa Valley is striking at any time of the year, but especially during the harvest season (September and October) and spring. It can get very busy during the summer months, so expect crowds.
Though small in size, Napa Valley has several thousand hotel rooms available. Luxury inns and B&Bs are prevalent, and chain hotels are few. Nothing within the region is that far of a drive, and part of the fun of visiting this area is exploring, so it's hard to go too wrong when choosing an exact location.
|Airport:||San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport|
|Peak:||May 15 - Oct. 31|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% at restaurants|