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Every Day Is a Winding Road

It's the all-American dream vacation: a cross-country road trip. Car top pulled down, wind whipping your hair, Route 66 sliding past and, of course, the perfect road-trip playlist on the stereo. Learn the best road-trip routes, as well as information on iconic sights to see along the way, like where to stop for killer roadside grub.

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General Motors Vice Chairman of Global Product Operations Thomas Stephens happily accepts the North American Car of the Year Award for the Chevrolet Volt on a press day for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. 960 1280

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Ford Motor Company showcases the future with its new line of electric cars. 960 1280

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Calling all Jeep lovers: President and CEO of Jeep, Mike Manley, just unveiled the new 2011 Jeep Compass. 960 1280

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Is it a lounge or a car? The interior of the Kia KV7 concept car is revealed during the press days at the Detroit Auto Show. 960 1280

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Local television journalist Randy Bhirdo has an emotional moment with the new 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. 960 1280

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Prepare for takeoff, Benz lovers, as you feast your eyes on the new Mercedes-Benz gull-winged SLS E-cell roadster. 960 1280

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You've seen the commercials. Could gasoline- operated vehicles really be obsolete in the next few years? The new Toyota Prius hybrid is powered with an electric boost ' a simple plug-in. 960 1280

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Beep. Beep. Mini USA reveals the new Mini Paceman concept car, a sportier 2-door version of the Countryman SUV. 960 1280

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A Ford C-max Energi hybrid is seen on display during the press days for the North American International Auto show in Detroit, MI. 960 1280

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Jonathan Browning, President and CEO of Volkswagen America, announced that the Passat will be built in Chattanooga, TN, creating 12,000 jobs. 960 1280

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Spectators, car executives and members of the press check out all the new 2011 cars on display at the North American International Auto show in Detroit, MI. 960 1280

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Highway 29

Highway 29

Take California State Route 29 to see some of the region’s best vineyards and wineries. Through Napa Valley, Highway 29 passes through Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville and Napa. 960 1280
Silverado Trail

Silverado Trail

Hit the road early to capture the serene vineyards along the Silverado Trail, a scenic route along the eastern edge of Napa Valley. Most locals suggest taking this route to avoid traffic on California State Route 29, which runs parallel to the Trail. 960 1280

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Wine Country

Wine Country

Northern California's wine country beckons visitors with hundreds of wineries spread across 3 counties. 960 1280

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Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa Winery is located near Calistoga, CA. The 121,000-square-foot medieval replica castle includes 107 rooms and 8 levels above and below ground. Among its many features, it has a moat, drawbridge, defensive towers, interior courtyard, chapel, torture chamber and a great hall. Visitors to the vineyard can sample the wines sold at the castle. 960 1280

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Cabernet

Cabernet

Northern California's climate is ideal for growing grapes like these ripe ones used to make a fine cabernet. 960 1280

By Jakob federer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Beringer Rhine House

Beringer Rhine House

Make a stop at the Beringer Rhine House -- Napa Valley’s oldest continuously operating winery. Enjoy the award-winning wines, rich history and beautifully landscaped grounds. 960 1280

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California Wine

California Wine

The best way to appreciate Northern California's wine country is to sample the goods along the way. 960 1280

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Old Faithful Geyser of California

Old Faithful Geyser of California

While you’re on your road trip, we suggestion stopping by the Old Faithful Geyser of California, located in Calistoga, CA. It’s just one of many roadside attractions you’ll see along the way. 960 1280

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Picturesque Vineyards

Picturesque Vineyards

Bring along a camera for photo opportunities in the acres of rolling vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. 960 1280

By Rennett Stowe from USA (Napa Valley Vineyard) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Staglin Family Vineyard

Staglin Family Vineyard

The Staglin Family Vineyard, a family-owned Napa Valley winery in Rutherford, CA, produces a variety of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and a Bordeaux-style blend. Take a guided tour of the winery, and then at the end of the tour, experience an intimate tasting of Cabernet Sauvignons produced on the estate. 960 1280

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Wine Production

Wine Production

These terraced vineyards in Sonoma rely on biodynamic agricultural techniques to produce local wine. 960 1280
Oxbow Public Market

Oxbow Public Market

Go local! Visit the Oxbow Public Market in Napa Valley to sample the local community’s best, including fresh food, wine and cheese. Take Highway 29 to the city of Napa; take the 1st Street Exit (bear right to head east); and look for signs marked ‘Oxbow Public Market’. 960 1280

Oxbow Public Market  

Merlot

Merlot

Pre-veraison, these grapes will be used to make Merlot once they ripen. 960 1280

By David Huang (Flickr: Merlot) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Sterling Vineyard

Sterling Vineyard

Several vineyards, including the Sterling Vineyard (pictured) in Calistoga, CA, are fun getaways for tourists.  See picturesque views from their aerial tram. Guests can also travel the grounds by foot. And with a glass of wine in hand, stroll through art galleries and elevated walkways that allow visitors to see the winemaking process from grape to glass. 960 1280

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Years of Preparation

Years of Preparation

These vines in Sonoma have been used for growing grapes for nearly 90 years. 960 1280

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Di Rosa Preserve

Di Rosa Preserve

While you’re on the road, we suggest you visit the Di Rosa Preserve, a 35-acre lake and wildlife. The area is not only rich in an array of flora, fauna and wildlife, but it’s also the canvas to display a broad range of art created by Bay Area artists. Art aficionados can walk the grounds to see art work in the Main Gallery, Gatehouse Gallery, Historic Residence, Courtyard, North Lawn and Sculpture Meadow.  It’s an art lover’s paradise. 960 1280

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The Grapes

The Grapes

These grapes may become a bottle of your favorite California wine, but you'll have to wait a few years to try it. 960 1280

By Tomás Castelazo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons  

Downtown Napa

Downtown Napa

If wine tasting and tours isn’t you’re thing, then make a pit stop in Downtown Napa. The area has dozens of shops, dessert cafes, bars, restaurants and spas. Hotels and B&Bs are available in the area. It’s a perfect home-base location for visitors to explore nearby vineyards and mix with the locals. 960 1280

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Mud Bath

Mud Bath

Unwind and relax with a mud bath at one of several spas located in Napa Valley, including Meadowood, Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs, Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, Indian Springs Resort and Roman Spa Motel. 960 1280

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