Even in the well-trodden state of California, there is no other tourist attraction that is more frequently visited than the twin regions of Napa and Sonoma—none except Disneyland, of course. But what the valleys lack in commercial fairytale spectacles, they make up for with their more than 600 wineries. Together, they produce some of the country’s best Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot, and Merlot vintages.
Visitors can drive or cycle through the regions’ rolling hills and appreciate the scenery dominated by ancient oaks, graceful sycamores, and rows of grapevines—enormous swathes of vineries as far as the eye can see. These can be found both in the actual cities of Napa and Sonoma, as well as in the neighboring areas of Geyserville, Sebastopol, St. Helena, and Occidental.
Make sure to visit any one of Napa and Sonoma’s numerous tasting rooms, or sample the sumptuous fares in the valleys’ remarkable restaurants, many of which are regarded as among the world’s best. For dining experiences curated by celebrity chefs, head over to the town of Yountville. In Healdsburg, on the other hand, posh restaurants sit alongside quaint bakeries that serve delicious sandwiches. Distinguished dining destinations as well as excellent yet affordable eateries can also be found throughout other locations, including Santa Rosa, Calistoga, St. Helena, and Sebastopol, which has become a hub of artisan food, craft beer, and third-wave coffee in recent years.
Besides wine tasting and vineyard sightseeing, there are many other renowned attractions and scintillating activities in the twin regions. In Sonoma, you can enjoy a kayak excursion down the Russian River, zip line through coastal redwood forests, or sample the oysters in restaurants around Tomales Bay. In Napa Valley, you can hike or bike through the protected Land Trust of Napa, enjoy the art pieces in di Rosa + Nature Preserve, or take home samples of the region’s exquisite olive oil, which is produced from olive trees exported from the Mediterranean.
Napa and Sonoma are also home to a thriving spa scene. Options here range from high-end vino therapeutic treatments and Pilates programs to naturopathic serum therapies and volcanic mud treatments.
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