10 Tips for Great Adventures in Wine Country


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For a bird's-eye view of Napa Valley's vineyards, there's nothing quite like a hot air balloon ride.
For a bird's-eye view of Napa Valley's vineyards, there's nothing quite like a hot air balloon ride.
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The basket of a hot air balloon offers a perfect vantage point to experience California wine country's breathtaking views. Balloon tours take around four to five hours, including time to inflate and deflate the balloon. Don't worry, though: You won't just be sitting around during those parts of the adventure. Balloon companies encourage travelers to help with the inflating and deflating process, and after your ride, you can relax with a picnic lunch and a wine or champagne toast while they wrap things up.

Many balloon companies also offer vacation packages, so after your balloon ride, you can stay at a local inn or winery and keep exploring the area on the ground.

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