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Touring California's Wine Country
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

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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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Road to Hana, Hawaii
Road to Hana, Hawaii

Road to Hana, Hawaii

Hailed as one of the last unspoiled frontiers of Hawaii, Maui’s Road to Hana is a 52-mile highway filled with 620 curves, 59 bridges and too many stunning ocean views to count. The drive takes about 3 hours; you’ll want to leave more time to stop along the way to taste the local seafood. 960 1280

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Outer Banks Highway, North Carolina

Outer Banks Highway, North Carolina

A drive on Outer Banks National Scenic Byway is the perfect way to see the natural beauty of North Carolina’s coastline. Water is everywhere, with the Atlantic on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. You’ll feel the invigorating ocean breeze as you take in the beautiful dunes, beaches, lighthouses and wildlife, making this the perfect spring or summer drive. 960 1280

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Sonoma Valley, California

Sonoma Valley, California

While we aren’t condoning the shenanigans that happened in the iconic male bonding/wine tasting (more like guzzling) road-trip movie Sideways, we did like their choice of car for the drive through California's Wine Country -- a Mustang convertible! With hundreds of wineries spread across 3 counties, there’s no shortage of places to stop to sample the goods along the way; we suggest keeping safety in mind and staying the night after a day of wine tasting. 960 1280

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Bluebonnet Trail, Texas

Bluebonnet Trail, Texas

Take the top down on a spring drive to see the seemingly endless gardens of bluebonnets in Texas Hill Country. For an up close look at these blue beauties, start in Austin, TX, taking US 290 west to Johnson City’s Wildflower Loop. Then drive along US 281 north to the town of Burnet, Texas’s official bluebonnet capital. 960 1280

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Scenic Highway 30A, Florida

Scenic Highway 30A, Florida

The best way to take in Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches? A drive along the Scenic Highway 30A that hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline. As you cruise along the 28.5-mile stretch, you will see white sand beaches, old seaside cottages, state parks and nature preserves, and, of course, miles of palm trees. 960 1280

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Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Built specifically for sightseeing drivers, the Historic Columbia River Highway is the first scenic highway in the US designated as a national historic landmark. One of the best times of year to drive this scenic road is in spring, when waterfalls are at their maximum flow and wildflowers are in bloom. 960 1280

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Great River Road, Louisiana

Great River Road, Louisiana

Enjoy the warmer temperatures down South as you get a look at Louisiana’s antebellum past with a drive along its fabled Great Mississippi River Road. Take a ragtop drive on this 70-mile stretch of road between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Hit cruise control as you drive by the Bayou State’s most famous planation homes. 960 1280

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17-Mile Drive, California

17-Mile Drive, California

There is perhaps no other scenic road trip in America that calls for a convertible more than a drive on California’s dramatic coastal roads. With the wind whipping through your hair, cruise along the 17-Mile Drive on Pacific Coast Highway that curves along the coast from Pacific Grove to Carmel with jaw-dropping ocean views. Just don’t forget your Hollywood-esque shades. 960 1280

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Route 66, Arizona

Route 66, Arizona

There’s not a road in America more synonymous with road trips than Route 66. One of America’s first highways, Route 66 stretches through Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri and Illinois. It takes 5 to 6 days to drive the full byway; you’ll want to make plenty of stops along the way to check out the kitschy roadside attractions. 960 1280

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Overseas Highway, Florida Keys

Overseas Highway, Florida Keys

Driving a convertible along the Overseas Highway to the Florida Keys sounds like a dream drive, right? The 113-mile stretch from mainland Florida all the way to America’s southernmost point -- Key West -- has 42 bridges, making drivers feel suspended over the sea for much of the drive. The best part? There are plenty of places along the way to pull over and swim, snorkel and fish. 960 1280

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