Napa Valley Bucket List


Explore the Vineyards


*   Visit a winery. There are over 1,000 wineries in Napa Valley and each offers something different. You can go on a wine-tasting tour or take a self-guided vineyard tour (which is especially fun if you're traveling with kids).

*   Take advantage of the beautiful weather by hiking through one of the many parks in Napa Valley! Some favorites include:

*   Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

*   Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

*   Visit local museums like The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone or Oxbow Public Market


Visit Iconic Attractions


*   Visit the Napa Valley Wine Train. The Napa Valley Wine Train is an iconic attraction that allows you to experience the scenic beauty of Napa Valley while enjoying delicious meals and wine tastings.

*   Explore the di Rosa Art Preserve. This nonprofit art museum and garden is located in Rutherford, California and features over 1,000 works from artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein among others.

*   Check out Oxbow Public Market in Napa Valley if you're looking for something different than just vineyards! This market offers local produce along with artisanal cheese makers who will teach you about their craftsmanship firsthand!


Experience the Local Cuisine


*   Taste the local fare.

*   Visit the local farmer's markets, where you can find seasonal produce and artisanal goods from local artisans.

*   Enjoy a picnic in the vineyards!


Experience Nature


*   Visit the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, which is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Napa Valley.

*   Take a hot air balloon ride over the valley and see it from above! You don't have to be an expert pilot or even know how to fly a plane--just sit back and enjoy the view as your pilot takes control of your flight.

*   Go on a hike through one of Napa's many parks or trails: there are so many options that it can be overwhelming at first glance!


Stay in Luxury


*   Stay in a luxury resort. You can't visit Napa Valley without staying at least one night, so make it count by booking yourself into an upscale hotel or resort. Consider staying at The Inn on First, which offers luxurious rooms with private outdoor patios and views of the vineyards. If you're looking for something more affordable, try out the Silverado Resort & Spa--it has over 100 acres of gardens and hiking trails, plus an outdoor pool and hot tubs!


*   Enjoy a spa day at your hotel or resort's spa facility (or nearby). There are plenty of spas around Napa Valley that offer massages, facials, and other treatments--and many also have steam rooms where you can relax after your treatment is done! Some even offer couples' massages where both people get pampered together!


*   Take cooking classes while visiting this region; there are several options available depending on what type of cuisine interests you most: Italian cooking classes; wine pairing dinners; even chocolate-tasting events where attendees learn how different types affect their moods based on ingredients used during production processes...the possibilities really do seem endless here!


Enjoy the Local Cuisine


Napa Valley is known for its incredible wineries and vineyards, but it's also a great place to explore the nightlife. The area has an amazing selection of restaurants, bars, and pubs where you can enjoy local wines and food while listening to live music. If you're looking for something more laid back than the typical Napa Valley experience, try visiting one of these places:


*   Live Music at Local Wineries - Many wineries offer live music on their patios or in their tasting rooms during the summer months (usually April through October). This can be an excellent way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends as you sample some amazing wines from this region!


*   Explore Local Pubs & Bars - There are several pubs and bars located throughout Napa Valley where people go after work each day; however many tourists don't know about them because they aren't advertised as much as other tourist attractions like wineries or spas would be marketed here so make sure not miss out on these hidden gems when planning your trip!


Take a Day Trip


     There are many day trips you can take from Napa Valley. You can visit the nearby towns of Yountville and Calistoga, which both have great restaurants, shops, and more. If you're feeling adventurous, take a drive along the Silverado Trail--it's one of California's most scenic drives! And don't forget to stop at Old Faithful Geyser in nearby Yellowstone National Park while you're there!


Explore the Local History


*   Visit the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park. This historic mill is one of only two remaining grist mills in California, and it's located just outside of Napa Valley. The mill was built in 1846 and operated for over 100 years before being converted into a museum that showcases its rich history and culture.


*   Take a trip to the Napa Valley Museum. This museum has exhibits on everything from wine-making techniques to local wildlife and agriculture; it also hosts events like concerts and festivals throughout the year!


*   Explore Petrified Forest: If you're looking for something more adventurous than just exploring museums or historical sites, consider going on an outdoor adventure at this park located within walking distance from downtown Napa!


*   Hiking in the nearby parks

*   Biking in the area

*   Kayaking and rafting on the Napa River


Visit the Museums and Art Galleries


*   Explore the art galleries and museums. Napa Valley is home to many museums and art galleries, including:


*   The Napa Valley Museum, which showcases the history of this region through exhibits on Native Americans, early settlers, and winemakers


*   The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena (formerly known as Schramsberg) offers tours of its vineyard and winery where you can sample some of their award-winning wines


*   Napa Valley Wine Train offers daily tours through wine country with stops at various wineries along the way


Go Shopping

     If you're looking for a way to spend your time in Napa, why not go shopping? There are plenty of local boutiques and stores that sell everything from wine glasses to clothing. The Premium Outlets offer even more options, with brands like Calvin Klein and Nike available at discounted prices. If you want something more unique than what's sold at the outlets, try finding souvenirs like wine bottles with custom labels or handmade candles made with local ingredients (like lavender).


Explore the Shopping Scene


*   Visit the local shops.

*   Explore the boutiques.

*   Find souvenirs for friends and family back home, or even yourself!


Hot Air Balloon Rides

     Napa Valley is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in California, so it's no surprise that hot air balloon rides are a popular activity here. These rides allow you to admire the views of the valley from a unique perspective while enjoying your breakfast or lunch on board. If you're interested in taking one, there are several companies that offer this experience throughout Napa County:


*   Balloons Over Napa Valley (

*   Napa Valley Balloons (



Take a Wine Train Tour

     Napa Valley is home to many wineries and vineyards, so it's only fitting that you should take a tour of one of them. There are many different options for tours, but one of the most popular is the Napa Valley Wine Train. This train takes you through some of the most scenic parts of Napa Valley as well as offering food pairing recommendations from local restaurants and wineries along the way. * If you're looking for something more intimate than this option, consider booking yourself onto one of their VIP packages!


Attend a Music Festival


*   Attend a music festival.

*   Listen to live music.

*   Enjoy the atmosphere.



Go on a Wine Country Bike Tour

     There are many ways to experience Napa Valley, but one of the most fun and unique ways is by bike. Many companies offer guided tours that take you through the beautiful landscape while also teaching you about wine-making and tasting along the way. You'll get to see parts of Napa Valley that most people don't get to see, all while burning calories as you pedal your way through this world-class destination!



Visit the Local Breweries

     Napa Valley is home to a thriving craft beer scene, and there are many breweries you can visit while you're in town. Some of our favorites include:


*   Atlas Peak Brewing Company - This brewery has an amazing view of Mount Saint Helena from its tasting room, which is open daily from 11 am-5 pm. They offer flights and tasters of all their beers as well as snacks like pretzels or chips (and sometimes even pizza). You can also buy bottles to take home!


*   Black Kite Cellars - This winery produces both red and white wines using grapes grown in their own vineyard on Howell Mountain. They have a small tasting room where you can sample some wines before buying bottles at their gift shop next door. The staff here is very friendly and helpful if you're not sure what kind of wine would go well with your meal plans for the evening!