For visitors who love to experience the local culture in and around Napa Valley, biking or driving the Silverado Trail is a wonderful way to enjoy some of the finest culture and wineries on one route. The Silverado Trail Wineries Association is a group of wineries and businesses along the Silverado Trail. The trail runs along the east side of Napa Valley, and it includes over 40 wineries. It’s a much prettier route than the popular Highway 29, and it has less traffic, too. Still, the trail connects to Highway 29 in many spots, so you can access the main road to get to other wineries and restaurants.
The Silverado Trail offers unsurpassed beauty and tranquility, especially at this time of the year when the weather is cool and the trees are changing colors. Summer is officially over, and signs of fall are everywhere. In addition to wineries, there are also boutique shops, lodging and dining. The Silverado Trail is 29 miles long, so travelers can decide how far they want to explore. Either way, there is plenty to experience even in a few short miles.
The Silverado Trail may be a major road now, but it started as a trail in 1852 when flooding made the main road in Napa Valley unusable. It then became a popular wagon trail and was the first permanent road from Napa to Calistoga. When silver was discovered in 1858, the trail became an important trade route, and people traveling on this route were often preyed on. Safety was improved in the early 1900s when motorized bus services began.
Today, there are more than 40 of Napa’s 200 wineries along the Silverado Trail, and the major intersections include Napa, Yountville, Oakville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Many of the wineries have tasting rooms that offer tours and panoramic views of the valley. The Silverado Trail blends together the modern amenities of today’s wineries with the past cultures of Northern California. Visitors will also appreciate the exotic wildflowers, grasses and grains that run along the trail.