The birthplace of modern-day Wine Country is famous for regal Cabernet Sauvignons, château-like wineries and fabulous food. It attracts more than three million visitors a year, many planning to wine and dine themselves into a stupor, maybe get a massage, and sleep somewhere swell with fine linens and a heated pool.
The city of Napa anchors the valley, but the real work happens up-valley. And while Napa may not be as scenic as other stops, it has some noteworthy sights, among them Oxbow Public Market and the new cooking-school campus, CIA at Copia. The prettiest towns include St Helena, Yountville and Calistoga – the latter more famous for mud and water than wine.