Summer in Napa Valley for Thrill-Seekers

Searching for adventure that’s a little bit off the beaten path this year? Whether you’re “glamping” in a hotel and restricting your adventures to the daytime or you just love the excitement of the great outdoors, Napa Valley has so much to offer. Miles of trails, swimming spots, great places to picnic – these are just the beginning. Here’s a few more adrenaline-boosting experiences to convince you why the Valley is your next best vacation spot.

Balloon Rides

Yes, that’s right – if you book in advance, you can experience the thrill of an adventure in the air right in Napa Valley. With 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, Balloons Above the Valley is an unparalleled experience every visitor should have at least once. Fly their basic package for the base experience alone, or amp it up by adding on brunch and wine tasting at the same time.

There is, unfortunately, one caveat: balloon rides book up quickly, so you should try to book as far ahead in advance as you can. Both Balloons Above and several other local companies are already booking throughout the summer; now is the time to call!

Lake Berryessa Jet Skis

Lake Berryessa is a thrill-seeker’s paradise simply by existing; this giant lake is the perfect destination for swimming, relaxing, tanning, and even fishing. But thrill-seekers will especially love the on-site rentals, including jet skis, catamarans, and other watercraft. It’s an ideal summer’s day adventure for sweethearts, families, and even just singles who want to feel the wind in their hair.

Berryessa is also home to an unusual water feature – an enormous glory hole drainage system at the top of the dam that channels water down when levels are high. It’s an eerie and beautiful sight worth seeing, even if it isn’t safe to swim in that particular zone.


Love the thrill of landing a big fish? Napa has a long list of fishing spots just begging for everyone from amateurs to professionals to come and visit. Choose from fly fishing guide trips deep into the wilderness, or stick to traditional, close-to-the-road locations with easy access. Lake  Berryessa is an option, as is Putah Creek.

Thinking of exploring for fishing spots yourself? Many of the best are well-guarded by locals. You’ll have a much better experience if you book with a local guide like Off the Hook Fly Fishing. They can help you create the ultimate fishing experience.

When you visit  Napa, you’re instantly in close proximity to great wine, fantastic food, and incredible outdoor adventures. No matter what you love, we have an experience here to match it. Book your vacation with Napa Valley Hotels & Suites now.


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Napa Valley Hotel & Suites
is located in Downtown Napa, CA

853 Coombs Street
Napa, CA 94559