Starting the year by taking an RV trip to Napa Valley may be one of the best decisions you ever made. Where most come to sample the incredible wines, others come to explore all the outdoor beauty only to be found in this lovely section of Northern California. And there are plenty of family activities both inside and out. Of course, getting some wine tasting in while you are here is never out of the question.
If you want a wine tour, head directly for Napa, California which will make the perfect home base for a Napa Valley holiday getaway. Large and small producers are extremely proud of their delicious grapes, and you can spend your entire vacation just traveling from winery to winery. However, there is a lot more to do than just this.
You won’t be disappointed in the RV camping in the area either. For instance, the Napa Valley Expo RV Park is a great place to camp and settle in for the duration. It is close to downtown Napa and provides easy access to the special sights and sounds of this charming town.
Named after the author of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park offers visitors fun all year round. Mr. Stevenson and his new wife surely thought so when they honeymooned here in 1880. Although spring and fall are the best times to come, winter offers the best vistas. You only need to check the weather reports before your arrival.
Hike through forests of coastal redwoods at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. Some elevations are quite high, up to 2,000 feet. However there are other trails where you can stroll leisurely and enjoy the beautiful ferns and bubbling streams. The towering Douglas firs make the perfect canopy for a quiet picnic.
At Skyline Wilderness Park you can dress warmly and go for a horseback ride or perhaps engage in some nature study. Hiking is marvelous here too, with a lot of amazing views of the valley from the trails. Be sure not to miss Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park where early settlers had their wheat and corn ground into flour or meal. This historic landmark has been partially restored, certainly enough to give you a taste of life in the early 1900s. Also visit the Pioneer Cemetery. On weekends you’ll see some milling demonstrations that you sure won’t want to miss.
In the evening, make your way to the Napa Valley Opera House where you can enjoy a wide range of live entertainment that is sure to please every member of your traveling group, no matter their age. For a unique experience the next day, take the Napa Valley Wine Train, one of the most unusual restaurants you may ever see. Leaving from downtown Napa, the train moves through vineyards and over hill and dale while offering the best in food and wine. You can take a lunch train or a dinner train, depending on what meal you wish to enjoy here.
Although your RV vacation is coming to an end, you won’t want to miss Safari West before you leave Napa Valley. Get up close and personal with many wild animals, almost like traveling in Africa. After this experience as the highlight of your trip, you may find it hard to leave this lovely valley. But you can always return another day, another season. Napa Valley will welcome you!