Exploring travel destinations can be done in so many ways. I love being on the water so taking in travel by being on the water is truly when I am at my happiest. Downtown Napa invited me to visit earlier this month to learn about all of the new things happening in the area. What better way to take in Napa than by taking time to kayak Napa River and see the downtown area for a totally different, and very special, perspective.
When you kayak Napa River, you take in Downtown Napa from a different perspective offering a deeper appreciation for the popular wine lover destination.
Many people travel to the Napa area for the wine and the views. In 2016, there were 3.5 million visitors who got the chance to experience wine country. While many walk the streets of downtown Napa, you can take in the view from a different angle right on the water.
Kayaking the Napa river is not only a great experience for avid kayakers but the calm waters make it great for beginners as well. In total, the river is 55 miles long but you by no means will be kayaking the entire length of the river. The area we kayaked in Downtown Napa is just a few miles at most making for perfect morning outing.
Plus, you burn off those calories so you can drink guilt free the rest of the day!
The views along the Napa Valley River will make you want to stop and take it all in. Luckily, you can get more than one kayak, or a double, and bring friends along for the ride. Taking in the river with the same sights, smells, and beautiful scenery deepens the travel experience for sure.
The trip down the river will be a bit of a workout and so you’ll need some nourishment along the way. Napa is known for their wine but also for the food you can devour. Find some great snacks to bring along for the ride and you can enjoy them either on the river bank or right in your kayak.
Traveling to Napa is done by millions every year but you have a unique opportunity to venture off the beaten path. After you’ve had your treats, explore more down the river. Take in the sights along waterways less traveled. The history of the river is yours to discover and when kayaking you will appreciate the areas restoration project that has brought nature back to life in the Napa River.
As you kayak Napa River you’ll find that Napa is about more than just wine, it’s quite tranquil and you have unique opportunities to see new sights. That being said, it’s important to experience Downtown Napa from the water AND land. Whether a passionate art lover or not, the Napa ARTwalk has some beautiful pieces crafted by artists that truly appreciate the time taken to look at their work.
One of the best sights is an old favorite for many visitors, the Napa Mill. The Napa Mill is a historic part of Napa that serves as a backdrop for art, entertainment, shopping and more. While most will see the mill from up close after a wine tasting or meal at Napa General Store, taking in the Napa Mill from the river is a perspective that you’ll be thankful you experienced.
There are many reasons why you’ll want to book your kayak adventure for as early as possible. Enjoying the river views with little activity and people is always nice, but timing your trip with the tide can also help you reach less traveled areas.
Another opportunity you only get in the morning is a Napa Valley sunrise. There are plenty of places to see the sunrise from but from the Napa River is priceless. The reflection of the sun on water just never gets old.
There are so many things to do in Downtown Napa, but one of the sights you’ll want to visit when you kayak Napa River is the Oxbow District. The Oxbow District is a place where you can go to get locally sourced foods and dine with the best. From the Napa River, the Oxbow District takes on a whole new meaning that you will remember long after your travels to Napa are over.