Tours in Arden-Arcade

Tour for Two, Four, or Eight with Tasting, Antipasti, and Bottles of Wine at Perry Creek Winery (Up to 59% Off)

Perry Creek Winery

South El Dorado

$42.50 $20

Sample wines from the barrel and bottle and nibbling on antipasti platters; go home with a bottle of Zinman Reserve

$20 for State Capital or Pony Express Walking Tour at Sequoia Nature & Science Adventures ($40 Value)

Sequoia Nature & Science Adventures

Orangevale

$40 $20

Enjoy a tour of the capital or learn about those who rode the Pony Express; tours offered on weekends and weekdays May–September

10.5-Mile Upper or Lower South-Fork Rafting Trip from Sierra Whitewater (Up to 50% Off)

Sierra Whitewater Rafting

Lotus

$128 $64

Guides and rafters careen down the cliff-lined Class III and Class III+ rapids of the American River

Wine Tastings for 2, 4, or 6–10 at Jodar Vineyards (Up to 63% Off)

Jodar Vineyards

Camino

$60 $25

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During reserve wine tastings guests taste four wines and food pairings; groups of 6–10 can taste with the winemaker on Thursday or Friday

Wine Tasting for Four or Eight with Take-Home Wine at Abundance Vineyard (44% Off)

Abundance Vineyard

Lodi

$36 $20

Taste up to five wines at this 50-year-old winery before taking home a bottle

$5 Buys You a Coupon for 3 Seriously Great Summer Wines From Sonoma Loeb For $40

Sonoma Loeb

Napa

$5 $5

For $5, receive a coupon for 3 seriously great summer wines from sonoma-loeb for $40

Haunted Interactive Walking Tour for One or Two at Napa City Ghosts & Legends Walking Tours (Up to 56% Off)

Napa City Ghosts & Legends Walking Tours

Napa Courthouse

$36 $18

Native of Napa guides guests through historic local sites rich with spooky history and allegedly occupied by spirits

Educational Spirit Tasting for Two or Four Plus Craft Spirits Credit at Napa Valley Distillery (50% Off)

Napa Valley Distillery

Cental Napa

$40 $20

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Guests sip craft spirits and learn about the creation process, as well as the history of the type of spirits they are tasting

$599 for a Two-Hour Yacht Charter for Up to Six with America Cup Charters (Up to $1,008 Value)

America Cup Charters

Multiple Locations

$1,008 $599

Chartered ride aboard one of three luxurious yachts, including a 38-foot ocean-class catamaran

Tasting for One or Two, or Private Winery Tour for Up to Two or Four at Chateau Adoré Winery (Up to 53% Off)

Chateau Adoré Winery

Santa Rosa

$25 $13

Tasting features vintage white and red blends, while a tour gives an in-depth look at the vineyards, processing area, and barrel room

$179 for a Hot Air Balloon Flight for One with Champagne Toast from Wine Country Balloons ($235 Value)

Wine Country Balloons

Santa Rosa

$235 $179

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FAA-certified pilots lift passengers on a gentle flight above California's breathtaking vineyards and farmland; includes champagne toast

Sightseeing Tour or Sunset Flight with Refreshments for Up to Two from Golden Gate Accessible Aviation (50% Off)

Golden Gate Accessible Aviation

Oakland

$350 $175

Experienced pilots take passengers on a flight past San Francisco landmarks such as Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge

$99 for Winery Bus Tour for Two with North Bay Winery Tours ($198 Value)

North Bay Winery Tours

Rohnert Park

$198 $99

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Hop in a bus and head to four boutique wineries over five hours; complimentary beer served on the bus

Select Local Merchants

Breezes swirl down a corridor made by trees standing up to 100 feet and perched atop levees, which form the banks of the 200-year-old Bear River. Above rustling branches and the calls of nearby eagles, the hum of an engine cuts through the tranquil air. Dave Jewell of Blue Sky Powered Paragliding takes thrill-seekers—some as old as 80 years of age—soaring up to 500 feet above rolling, farm-dappled country and between Bear River's banks on propeller-powered parachutes. Though currently surveying Californian skies, Dave has led flights and organized clubs in Japan, Nigeria, Mexico, Germany, and France, and he continues to draw on knowledge of flight mechanics from extensive Air Force parachute training. Today, Dave takes off from 24 acres of campground, where a paragliding club meets occasionally to heckle poorly shaped clouds.

A sweeping bonfire pit, rustic picnic tables, and grassy swathes for RVs welcome campers waiting their turn to fly. Dave also mans a parachute and equipment shop where he conducts repairs and reanimates the corpses of dead kites. Dave insists that he never tires of his sport, as the weather and surrounding terrain are always changing, making his higher-altitude experiences "terrifying without being terrifying.” With a small wingspan, the motorized parachutes can also approach wildlife more closely than other aircraft; on one flight Dave found himself flanked by two bald eagles, beating their powerful wings just 20 feet away.

1617 Chateau Drive
Olivehurst,
CA
US

Long visited by dreamy visions of starting their own tour company, Jewels Wine Tours owners and Napa Valley residents Julia Young and Ryan Raes utilize their regional intimacy to construct guided tours to the finest wineries, distilleries, and restaurants the area has to offer. The team takes great joy in customizing packages to their guests’ preferences, whether customers are looking to taste-test a certain hard-to-find vintage, or just want to be driven around by someone other than the family dog. A dedicated driver handles navigation for the duration of each tour, allowing the grape gurus to focus on enriching the tour experience by answering in-depth questions and providing insights into Napa and Sonoma Valley history.

1201 Temblor Street
Napa,
CA
US

It's a daunting task to visit all the wineries in the Napa/Sonoma region?there are more than 900 of them. Luckily, Stacy's Wine Tours is up to the challenge. They whisk visitors to a wealth of boutique wineries and vineyards during customized wine tours aboard a fleet of luxury vehicles. Guests can cruise through the grape-dotted countryside inside a stretch limo or opt for a basic designated-driver service.

They can also skip the wine tastings and head out on a brewery tour via Tap in Tours. A tour bus described as an "Irish pub on wheels"?though it's missing drunken novelists and poets?ferries passengers to various microbreweries along the 121 and 101 corridors, including Lagunitas, Hop Monk, and Petaluma Hills Brewing Company.

568 Cattail Court
American Canyon,
CA
US

The history of wine in the Livermore Valley spans 250 years. Spanish missionaries planted the region's first grapes in the 18th century, and Robert Livermore sowed the first commercial vines in the mid-19th. These early efforts led to America's first international gold medal for wine at the 1889 Paris Exposition, when California grapes beat out bordeaux in the annual race to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

The guides at Livermore Valley Wine & Cycle Tours lead cyclists into this historic, scenic valley in which some 40 wineries currently reside. Rides between them follow moderate routes, letting peddlers soak in views of the canyons and ridges that rise and fall between the clustered rows of vines.

175 East Vineyard Avenue
Livermore,
CA
US

Imbibers don't just sniff, swirl, and sip their wine at Vintner's Cellar Custom Winery—they make it themselves. During this unique process, Vintner's experienced staffers guide customers through the first steps of the fermentation process. After six to eight weeks, aspiring winemakers pour their batch into between 24 and 30 bottles, which they then emblazon with custom-designed labels or tribal-themed temporary tattoos.

Vintner's Tuscan-style whites, reds, and dessert wines are also available by the glass, bottle, and half-bottle during regular tastings. A trim food menu brims with cheese platters and chocolate-wine truffles that pair perfectly with wines made from California's most well-adjusted grapes. Winemaking and pairing are taught in a Blend-it-Up Experience, during which customers create unusual flavor profiles by mixing different wines together.

12401 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

If you've ever tried to beat rush-hour traffic by tethering your car with helium-filled balloons, then you know that hot-air flight should be left to the professionals. The Federal Aviation Administration–certified pilots at Sky Drifters Hot Air Ballooning embark on journeys from the Sierra Nevada foothills daily, and their company has been named one of the 10Best attractions in Sacramento. Whether piloting a small group or private flight, the balloon captains show passengers a bird’s-eye view of the rolling hills, winding rivers and finely crafted comb-overs whose majesty can only be truly appreciated from above. Their aerial transports also play host to weddings in the sky and can provide a lift to those who enjoy BASE jumping from the clouds.

7175 Murieta Drive
Rancho Murieta,
CA
US