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What comes to your mind when you hear about Napa Valley, California? Wineries and vineyards, right? Napa Valley, approximately 80 km north of San Francisco, is one of the world’s best wine regions. On this post, we listed the 3 Napa Valley Instagrammable places where you can go, pose, and click without a price!
Napa Valley has a dry Mediterranean climate that made it perfect in the growing of wine grapes. The Napa Valley weather varies from 40°F to 80°F depending on the season.
It is best to visit Napa Valley in spring when the valley is covered with new bouquets of color and lush green mountains. While summer brings a golden and warm color to Napa Valley, the temperature may be high so it is recommended to start visiting in August.
August to October is Napa Valley’s harvest season and also its peak of the tourist season. Expect the crowd to multiply and prices for everything to spike.
Flights to Napa Valley California
There are currently no flights to Napa Valley except for charter and private flights to Napa County Airport (APC). The nearest and most convenient airport to fly in to go Napa Valley is the Sonoma County Airport (STS). Click below to book the cheapest flight to Sonoma County.
Alternatively, you can fly into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), or Sacramento International Airport (SMF).
See the map below for distance comparison of airports.
Arriving at the airport, you can conveniently go to Napa Valley by driving a vehicle. Public transportation is not available in Napa Valley so you will have to rent a car.
It will not be cheap flying to Napa Valley and renting a car so it is better to plan your visit along with other nearby destinations in Northern California. Or fly to other airports and include Napa Valley to your road trip destinations.
From Clearlake in Lake County, you just have to drive south for a little over an hour to arrive in Napa Valley. Click below in case you want to book a car rental for Sonoma County Airport pick-up.
The 3 Napa Valley Instagrammable places
Taking photos in a charming place like Napa Valley is natural especially if you can easily access the best spots without a fee.
Follow our guide to go to these Instagrammable places and take a few clicks. Or you may also book a tour or accommodation to make the most of your stay in Napa Valley.
See our list of the Instagrammable places below.
1. Welcome to Napa Valley sign
The Welcome to Napa Valley sign is one of the famous photo spots in Napa Valley. It may not be as breathtaking as other Instagrammable places in Napa Valley so don’t expect too much but it is worth visiting. What else is the best photo op in Napa Valley than at a sign bearing its name, right?
There are two Welcome to Napa Valley signs: one in Napa along the railway and the other one in Calistoga. They are both along Highway 29.
It is easy to find the Welcome to Napa Valley sign especially that there will always be people either taking photos or waiting for their turn on this spot. You don’t have to pay anything to take a photo on this spot.
Both signs say the same thing and deserve a stop when you visit Napa Valley. You can visit both or just one of the welcome signs for a photo to be posted in your Instagram feed.
Follow the map below to guide you in finding the Welcome to Napa Valley signs.
Admit it, the view of a vineyard amuses you plus it looks romantic. Vineyards are almost everywhere in California and if you are in Napa, you should not miss taking a photo of the vineyards.
Several vineyards are along the road of Silverado Trail and Highway 29. Mike and I just pulled over to one to take some photos. It did not take that long until another group pulled over to take photos.
Taking photos is free but you should not touch the vines especially the grapes. Also, stay close to the road and do not attempt to explore the property further.
3. Hot air balloon
Whenever Mike and I go to Berkeley for dragon boat practice on Saturdays, we always pass by Napa Valley. To avoid rushing to the bay area, we hit the road and leave Lake County as early as before sunrise.
During summer, it will be sunrise by the time we reach Napa Valley. While we were driving by Silverado Trail, a dreamy appearance of several colorful hot air balloons came above the vineyards.
The sight of several flying hot air balloons brings so much joy in my heart. I could spend a couple of hours watching this breathtaking view but we also need to go to our practice. Any list of Instagrammable places in Napa Valley is not complete without the hot air balloons!
You can view the hot air balloons up in the sky while passing by Pope Valley or Silverado Trail during sunrise. When you see them, pull over and take the photos. It is for free.
Alternatively, you can pay for a hot air balloon ride to appreciate a picturesque view of the Napa Valley and Mount Saint Helena.
Click to book a hot air balloon ride in Napa Valley or click it below.
And that’s it! I hope you will supply your Instagram feed with a lot of these photos. A trip to Napa Valley is not cheap but it does not mean that there’s nothing for free there. Make the most out of it!
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The best places to stay in Napa Valley
Hotels in Napa Valley California is not cheap so it is recommended to book in another town to find budget stays. In case you still want to stay in Napa Valley, you can click below to check the following property.
Bed and breakfast: Cabernet House, an Old World Inn – a boutique hotel that is 5 to 15 minutes walking distance from several Napa Valley wineries. Its private rooms have spa toiletries and Belgian and Ghirardelli chocolate nibbles are served to guest in the parlor at 7 PM.
Inn: Bel Abri Napa Valley Inn – a modern inn that has guestrooms with comfortable and luxurious beds. Imported bath products are provided in each bathroom and all guests will enjoy a continental breakfast in the lobby.
Hotel: Hotel Napa Valley, Ascend Hotel Collection – a traditional style boutique hotel that is also 5 to 15 minutes walking distance from several wineries. Each room has a fireplace with spa toiletries provided in the bathroom. The Napa Valley Wine Train is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel.
Click below to book the hotel that you like at the best price.