Things to Do in Napa Valley California
You could spend weeks exploring the scenic small towns, wineries and outdoor wonders of Napa Valley. Unique Calistoga California attraction choices range from the popular wine country bike tour to the unparalleled Castello di Amorosa wine tasting experience.
Soar over Napa Valley in a hot air balloon or spend the day watching cooking demonstrations from aspiring chefs at the Culinary Institute of America’s Napa Valley campus. Or if you’re looking for more outdoor things to do in Napa Valley California, take a horseback ride among the redwoods or hike in the Palisade Mountains. There is no shortage of fun things to do in beautiful Napa Valley!
Calistoga California and Napa Valley Attractions
Calistoga Cool Wine Tour via Calistoga Bikeshop.
A unique wine touring experience geared toward those who want to get away from the hectic day-to-day life and enjoy the quiet side of
Napa Valley at their own pace. Tour includes bike rental, tasting map and passed to participating wineries, wine pick up, and roadside assistance. Call 707-942-9687. (http://calistogabikeshop.com/)
Hot Air Balloon Ride.
Take a ride in a colorful hot air balloon and fly over scenic Calistoga and Napa Valley vineyards with beautiful mountain landscape in the distance. Early morning flights are weather permitting and include pickup/drop-off and champagne brunch. (http://www.balloonrides.com/) [Top]
Live Cooking Demonstration at Culinary Institute of America (CIA).
Get a taste of what professional and aspiring chefs learn at the CIA by attending one of their public California cooking demos. Monday & Friday at 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Call 707-967-2320. (http://www.ciachef.edu/enthusiasts/programs/gs_demos/)
Old Faithful Geyser.
Named after the far larger geyser in Yellowstone National Park, this geyser puts on a good show every hour or so. Open daily from 9AM to 6PM. (http://www.oldfaithfulgeyser.com/) [Top]
Go back in time and explore a 3 million year old forest, including redwood giants which were petrified after being covered by ash from a nearby volcano. Walk along the Meadow Trail and take in breathtaking views of Mt. St. Helena. Geologists call this place one of the finest examples of a pliocene fossil forest in the world! Call 707-942-6667. (http://www.petrifiedforest.org/)
The museum's permanent exhibits are designed to present the history of the upper Napa Valley from its pre-history to post World War I with an emphasis on people and changes brought by the period of U.S. emigration and development. In addition to its many historical exhibits, the Museum uses unique and extraordinarily extensive dioramas to depict Calistoga during its period as the elegant 1860s Hot Springs resort developed by pioneer, promoter, publisher, entrepreneur, and California's first millionaire, Sam Brannan. Call 707-942-5911. (http://www.sharpsteen-museum.org/) [Top]
Nestled on 400 acres in the heart of California's wine country, SAFARI WEST is home for more than 400 exotic mammals and birds. Not a zoo, not a
drive-through park, it's a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature's most beautiful animals in a natural habitat. Call 707-579-2551. (http://www.safariwest.com/)
Horseback Riding at Bothe State Park.
Park offers trails that go through stands of coastal redwoods, as well as forests of Douglas-fir, tanoak, and madrone. Contact Triple Creek Horse Outfit for reservations at (707) 933-1600. (http://www.triplecreekhorseoutfit.com/bothe-napa.html) [Top]
Hiking at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.
Sweeping views of the Pacific and the Sierra Nevada range are highlights of this beautiful state park, which features rough terrain, evergreen forests and a five-mile hiking trail to the top of Mount St. Helena.
A' TOGA is the residence of Carlo Marchiori, an artist born in Rossano near Venice in 1937. Internationally known for his period style murals he is featured in various hotels and casinos. He has created CA' TOGA, an enchanting villa that sings the tune of Palladio, Veronese and Venetian Culture. Tours offered May through October on Saturdays only at 11AM. Call 707-942-3900. (http://catoga.com/) [Top]