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Calistoga, California

The beautiful rolling hills, lush vineyards, and luxurious amenities of Calistoga, California form the perfect setting for your next get-away or camping vacation. Set in the northern part of the Napa Valley, between Napa and Sonoma counties, Calistoga is a world-famous destination with a relaxed, small-town feel. You'll find wineries, hiking and biking trails, superb spas, ballooning expeditions, and incredible restaurants.

Calistoga first rose to fame during the late 1800s, when the railway brought thousands of visitors to relax in the town's natural hot springs. People have continued to visit Calistoga to 'take the waters' for more than a hundred years. Not surprisingly, a delightful community has grown up around this natural wonder, providing all the elegance of Napa Valley wine country together with the relaxed attitude of Northern California.

You'll find more than a dozen spas in Calistoga that offer a range of treatments from massage, facials, and mud baths to fitness classes, yoga, Pilates, and specially tailored sessions. The town also offers a number of antique shops, arts and crafts stores, and specialty gift shops. You can spend lazy afternoons wandering through the charming downtown or do some early gift shopping in these unique stores. Local artisans create and sell hand-made pottery, custom jewelry, paintings, and home furnishings.

More than thirty vineyards and wineries lie in the area surrounding Calistoga. You can put together your own vineyard tour or plan a bike trip down country roads that wind through this idyllic landscape. You'll also find a number of other unusual attractions in the Calistoga area. You might enjoy a romantic carriage ride through town or a family trip to Safari West, a 400-acre park that is home to over 400 exotic mammals and birds. This wildlife preserve offers year-round safaris, allowing visitors to see these amazing animals in their natural habitat.

Two of the best attractions of Calistoga are the Napa Valley Wine Train and Old Faithful Geyser of California. This geyser is one of only three in the world that blow with enough regularity to be called 'old faithfuls.' Every 20-30 minutes, this all-natural geyser sends a blast of water as high as 75 feet in the air. This is a great attraction for the whole family. The geyser park also features the famous Tennessee fainting goats, Jacob's four-horn sheep, guard llamas, and a petting zoo.

The Napa Valley Wine Train carries you through the rolling hills and fields in fine style with a glass-topped Pullman dome dining car, cocktail service, and sumptuous meals. Rated as one of the twenty best rail experiences in the country, the train service offers special expeditions like the Moonlight Escapade, the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, and the Vista Dome & Vintners Luncheons.

Wine connoisseurs will enjoy a trip to the American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts, a facility that brings together vintners, chefs, gardeners, and artists. You can spend a night out at the Napa Valley Symphony or pay a visit to the Sharpsteen Museum, viewing dioramas that depict the development of this Napa Valley hot springs resort area.

Northern California has everything an outdoor-lover needs for a fabulous trip -- perfect weather, stunning scenery, and winding trails. At the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, you'll find deep forests of redwood trees, tanoak, madrone, and Douglas fir. Take a hike through Ritchey Canyon, past creek beds and ferns, or go horseback riding on the Redwood Trail. You can swim in the pool or go mountain biking on the rugged slopes. At the Petrified Forest, you can hike through the petrified redwood trees, admiring views of Mount St. Helena and learning about local geology.

Campgrounds near Calistoga, California:

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