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Famed for wineries and vineyards tucked amid beautiful scenery, California's Napa Valley lures travelers enthusiastic for gourmet dining, fine wine and culturally enriching experiences.

Once part of the gold rush of the 1850s, the Napa area is now famous as the leader in the American table wine industry. Rows of grapes, some descended from the original cuttings provided by the priests of nearby missions, stripe the hills surrounding European-inspired wineries.

The best of Wine Country is reflected in downtown Napa, where visitors enjoy musical performances at the Napa Valley Opera House and dine in restaurants and bistros featuring a wide range of cuisines. Art galleries abound, including the galleries of Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, where gardening, food, wine and art blend together in a seamless celebration of what makes Napa special.

Napa offers plenty of places for shoppers as well. The Napa General Store, Napa Premium Outlets, Napa Town Center and a number of themed boutiques are the perfect places to hunt for a keepsake or addition to your home décor and wine service.

While the history of modern Napa as a city does not extend far past 150 years, its passion for food, wine and the arts has roots in an ancient and sophisticated tradition that brings travelers back year after year. Now it's your turn to take a desktop getaway and enjoy all that is Napa Valley.