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Napa Valley Wine Train

Take a ride through one of the top wine-growing regions on the planet


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Napa Vally Wine Train is not just another train ride. It's a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience with luxury interiors, gourmet dining, and impeccable service. Making a 36-mile (57-km) round-trip, Wine Train runs from Napa to St. Helena and returns to Napa in three hours. The vintage train is pulled by the locomotives, dating back to the 1950s. Antique cars have been carefully renovated, preserving many original decorations, like polished brass, mahogany panels, and glass screens. Gourmet meals, which the train is famous for, have been created by chefs from local, sustainably grown seasonal products.

You can take Napa Valley Wine Train at any season, however the best time for the trip is fall, during the grape harvest, and spring, when the valley is especially beautiful with fresh greens and wildflowers on every corner. In the winter, it gets dark early so you might not see as much on an afternoon train. In addition to spectacular views and dining, Wine Train offers winery tours, winery tastings, murder mystery-solving tours, and celebrity winemaker dinners. Passengers board the train at the McKinstry Street Station in Napa, where they can also shop for boutique wine, jewelry, souvenirs, and gifts. They can choose lunch or dinner, which can be enjoyed in two different types of cars: Vista Dome with spectacular panoramic windows from floor to ceiling or Gourmet Express with the vintage decadent interior, which reminisces of the golden age of train travel in the early 20th century. The train line in Napa Valley was built in 1864 to take passengers north to the resort town of Calistoga. It passes the towns of Oak Knoll, Yountville, Oakville, and Rutherford, showcasing all the best things Napa Valley has to offer.

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