Tours in Arden-Arcade

50% Off at Sequoia Nature & Science Adventures

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

Up to 50% Off Rafting Trip from Sierra Whitewater

Sierra Whitewater Rafting

Lotus

$128 $64

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

Up to 63% Off Wine Tastings at Jodar Vineyards

Jodar Vineyards

Camino

$60 $25

(38)

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

44% Wine Tasting at Abundance Vineyard

Abundance Vineyard

Lodi

$36 $20

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

Up to 56% Off Haunted Interactive Walking Tour

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

50% Off Tasting at Napa Valley Distillery

Napa Valley Distillery

Cental Napa

$40 $20

(7)

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

Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting or Winery Tour

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

24% Off Balloon Flight with Champagne

Wine Country Balloons

Santa Rosa

$235 $179

(55)

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

50% Off Sightseeing Tour or Flight

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

Up to 50% Off Winery Bus Tour for Two

North Bay Winery Tours

Rohnert Park

$198 $99

(4)

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

Select Local Merchants

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

Intrepid's trips span 17 different countries and regions throughout Latin America, with an eye toward checking out both the key landmarks and immersing travelers in vibrant hidden neighborhoods. The pulsating rhythms, the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, and the majestic Iguazu Falls highlight the Rio to Buenos Aires trip. Tulum's dramatic cliff-side ruins and Chichen Itza's pyramids characterize the Mayan Discovery trip. For adventurers who want to hike gorgeous scenery or to carve phone numbers into a boulder, there are trips that wind through the jungles of Brazil and Belize to the rugged mountains of Chile and Argentina. After getting a taste of traditional Quechua culture on an Amazon journey that crisscrosses multiple countries, travelers can bask in the lively modern scenes located in flourishing metropolises such as Mexico City and Buenos Aires

77 West 3rd Street
Santa Rosa,
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