Napa & Sonoma Attractions
Safari West Wildlife Preserve & Resort - A 400 acre wildlife sanctuary, Safari West offers guided, open-air jeep tours daily (by reservation only.) Home to over 400 mammals and birds, this lush oasis located in the heart of the wine country offers an intimate exposure to wildlife. Visitors to the preserve can experience Africa at every turn.
COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts - Copia explores our culture, highlighting American innovations and investigating our distinctive approach to food and drink. Enjoy the Center's lively programs, classes, exhibitions, and demonstrations.
Napa & Sonoma Activities
Highway 29 - Every road in the Napa Valley is scenic. Some are just more scenic than others. Highway 29, the main road up the (westish) center of the valley, takes you through all the valley towns and right by some of the area's most famous wineries and restaurants. To get a full appreciation of the Napa Valley, you should definitely drive Highway 29, in one direction or the other.
The Silverado Trail - The Silverado Trail runs along the east side of the valley. It goes outside most of the towns, and there are fewer wineries and much less traffic. Yet it still offers beautiful views, many wineries and quicker driving if you're in a hurry. Don't be in too much of a hurry, however. The view is too lovely and this road can be dangerous, because people drive much faster than on Highway 29 and seem to get more impatient, passing on stretches where it is unsafe to pass. Use caution and you'll enjoy "the Trail" immensely.
The Cross Roads - Crossing the valley from east to west, and connecting Highway 29 with the Silverado Trail, are three major crossroads. Each road crosses the valley at the town after which it's named. They are: Yountville Cross Road, Oakville Cross Road, and Rutherford Cross Road. (Several other roads make this connection as well but they don't quite have the flair that the crossroads do). Each road passes wineries and beautiful homes, and all offer gorgeous views. Try any one of these to get off the beaten path.
Cuttings Wharf Road - Don't be too disappointed if after turning off Highway 121/12 south of Napa, you follow the "Napa River Resorts" signs to Cuttings Wharf and have trouble finding the "resorts". Perhaps there once were resorts in this area, although there appears to be no historical record that this was ever the case. Still, it's a pleasant drive, taking you through some of Napa County's section of the Carneros wine district, famous for its Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.
Washington Street - Between Yountville and Napa is an eight mile stretch of divided highway. The highway offers beautiful views, but for more leisurely sightseeing we offer two tips. Northbound from Napa, turn right (east) at the Washington Street turnoff, then turn immediately left to go north again. Follow the frontage road to Yountville, enjoy the view of the vineyards by the side of the road, and take pictures of the beautiful views toward the mountains to the east.
Solano Avenue - Coming back at the end of the day, skip the divided highway again. Instead go east off Highway 29 at the Veterans Home turnoff, cross the tracks and turn left on the frontage road (Solano Avenue) to go south toward Napa. This will give you beautiful views of homes, vineyards and wineries to the west toward the Mayacamas Mountains. If this is at sunset, it's even more beautiful. Follow Solano into Napa and then, when you reach the business/residential areas, turn back onto the highway again and continue your journey on the main road.
Yount Mill Road - A beautiful drive that will take you from Yount Street in Napa to Highway 29 north of Yountville. You'll pass the site of the original mill built by town founder George Yount in 1836.