Floating into Wine Country: Your Guide to Traveling to Napa & Sonoma (2024)

The Dreamiest Way to See Napa & Sonoma

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Hey fellow adventurers! If you’re like me, you crave those breathtaking moments that only a hot air balloon ride can provide. The rolling vineyards of Napa and Sonoma are even more magical when seen from above.pen_spark But before we drift into the clouds, let’s figure out how to get you to this oenophile’s paradise.

Your Napa & Sonoma Flight Plan:

While neither Napa nor Sonoma have their own commercial airports, there are several excellent options nearby that make your journey a breeze.

  1. Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport (STS):

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Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport

  • Why I Love It: A smaller airport means less hassle and a quick escape into wine country. Plus, Sonoma Ballooning is practically in STS’s backyard!
  • Airlines: Alaska Airlines is the primary carrier.
  • Travel Time to Napa/Sonoma: 30-45 minutes by car or shuttle.
  1. Oakland International Airport (OAK):

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Oakland International Airport

  • Why It’s Great: A wider variety of airlines, often with lower fares than San Francisco.
  • Airlines: Southwest, Spirit, Allegiant, and more.
  • Travel Time to Napa/Sonoma: Roughly 1 hour by car or shuttle.
  1. San Francisco International Airport (SFO):

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San Francisco International Airport

  • Why Choose It: The most flight options and major international hub.
  • Airlines: All the major carriers and international airlines.
  • Travel Time to Napa/Sonoma: 1.5-2 hours, depending on traffic.
  • Insider Tip: Consider booking a shared shuttle or private car service to avoid parking hassles in the wine country.
  1. San Jose International Airport (SJC):

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San Jose International Airport

  • Why Consider It: Another option with numerous airlines, potentially with better fares.
  • Airlines: Southwest, Alaska Airlines, Delta, and many more.
  • Travel Time to Napa/Sonoma: About 2 hours by car or shuttle.

Planning Your Hot Air Balloon Adventure

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Sonoma Ballooning hot air balloon with passengers

Once you’ve touched down, the real magic begins. With Sonoma Ballooning, you’ll get to experience Napa and Sonoma’s vineyards like never before. Our experienced pilots will guide you through a breathtaking sunrise flight, followed by a delightful champagne brunch.

Ready to Take Flight?

Book your hot air balloon tour with Sonoma Ballooning and let us handle the rest. We’ll help you create unforgettable memories in the heart of California’s wine country.

Have you ever taken a hot air balloon ride? Where did you go? Share your stories in the comments below