How to Tour Napa Valley

How to Tour Napa Valley
Napa Valley is a great vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts in search of biking tours, walking tours and kayaking tours. Located north of the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley is geared toward travelers in search of good wine, great outdoor activities and sprawling vineyards.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Take a wine tour. Travel by bike to the Carneros region at southern end of the valley. Wines such as pinot noir and chardonnay are staples of this cool region. Travel north to the warmer climate of Stag's Leap District, an area celebrated for its award-winning cabernets. Information about bike tours are available through the Napa Valley Visitor Information website.
Step 2
Tour the vineyards. Explore vineyard property by foot or bike. Take an off-road adventure tour and see wetland birds including herons, mallards and egrets up close.
Step 3
Go kayaking in the Napa River. Guided tours are available and generally provide full-day and half-day activities. String your camera around your neck, board your kayak and capture beautiful images of wildlife such as mallards, green-winged teals, mergansers, wood ducks, herons, egrets, kingfishers, rails, grebes and the endangered clapper rail.
Step 4
Tour Napa Valley from the sky. Hot-air balloon tours are popular, and many fly above scenic Napa Valley vineyards, mustard fields, farms and waterways.
Step 5
Travel by shuttle. A number of shuttle tours are available and offer a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to wineries of the Napa Valley.

Tips & Warnings

Bring your camera.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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