Located roughly between San Francisco and Sacramento, Napa Valley is famous for its vineyards. But the valley and the towns nestled within it—Napa, St. Helena, Yountville, and Calistoga—provide more than just viniculture. From the quaint towns to the picturesque hillsides and foothills of the Vaca mountain range, Napa makes for a spectacular place to explore.

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One of the most romantic ways to experience the vast vineyards and rolling terraced hills of the Napa Valley is by hot air balloon. There are a number of providers around Napa town and Yountville, and many of them will combine an hour-long flight with a champagne lunch or brunch. The weather must be calm to launch, but once aloft in an 8-person basket, the majesty of the landscape can be breathtaking.

The Napa Valley by balloon offers unique perspectives. CapturedNuance / Getty Images