Northern California is a cyclist’s idyll that sees rolling landscapes of tidy vineyards backdropped by golden hillocks, scenic trails that wind through small towns, and shaded pathways lined with towering coastal redwoods. Napa and Sonoma are a combination of small-town America and world-class elegance, where mom and pop vineyards rest alongside famous wineries and antique-filled country stores sit kitty-corner to luxurious hotels. The result is a perfect balance of rustic charm and pure decadence that lures us back to this corner of the Golden State time and time again.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Annik Boulva
Pedal to one of California's most impressive state parks, Armstrong Woods. This evening, sample some of the region’s wines and learn about the American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) of Napa and Sonoma.
Cycle by small vintners in the Dry Creek region, then enjoy a Meritage blending experience at Dry Creek Vineyards, one of the few remaining family-owned wineries in California. Later, pedal along additional routes or head back to the hotel for an afternoon of relaxation.
Pedal east into the warmer Alexander Valley, famous for its world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel varietals. Later, enjoy a tour and tasting in the heart of the Russian River Valley before heading to your Napa Valley home for the final two nights to enjoy downtime at the hotel.
Your ride today will take you into the bucolic Pope Valley, where ranching seems as prolific as winemaking. Freshen up at ride’s end before lunch in Calistoga then this afternoon, enjoy some bubbly at Schramsberg, the first estate to commercially use Chardonnay in American sparkling wine.
Venture out on one last route to say goodbye to Napa Valley. After your morning ride, make your way down the valley to enjoy lunch at Mustards Grill followed by a tour and tasting at Silver Oak Winery. Then, it’s off to San Francisco to bid one another farewell.VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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