The picturesque and popular town of Calistoga is located in Napa Valley, just north of San Francisco, in California. This is in the far west of the United States of America. Many people choose to take their holidays in Calistoga every year as the area offers them the perfect chance to relax and fully recharge their batteries. There are a good choice of places to visit around the area, as well as activities to get involved in. Forget all about high-rise hotel complexes in this quieter and more laid-back part of California, it is all about enjoying comfortable and very well-appointed self catering accommodation in Calistoga.
Holidays in Calistoga are actually popular throughout the whole year, but it is within the summer months that visitors are able to get involved in the biggest range of activities. These include swimming in the lakes of the area, canoeing and kayaking, hikes and nature walks through the local countryside (get details of the safe trails to follow from tourist information offices), cycling and mountain biking, abseiling and there is even a good golf course (The Mount St. Helena Golf Course) located directly beside the town. During the winter, you might like to bear in mind that you are within a short driving distance of the winter sports resorts in the Rocky Mountains.
During your holidays in Calistoga, it won’t be long until you realise that this part of California is very well-known for its geothermal activity: therefore, there are a couple of ‘not-to-be-missed’ attractions dedicated to this. First, you should try to set some time aside to visit the famous geysers of the area known as Little Old Faithful and Old Faithful of California. You might also like to indulge in a ‘lovely’ mud bath at one of the thermal spas around Calistoga. For a day trip a little further afield, try your best to head south to the most cosmopolitan city in the whole of North America - wonderful San Francisco. This city has to be seen to be believed, with its open-minded citizens who could teach the rest of the US plenty. Visit the former prison of Alcatraz and learn about the famous Bird Man and ride a tram to China Town for lunch. There really is so much to see and do in this fabulous city!
You should bear in mind that the seasons are very well-defined for your holidays in Calistoga. Summers can become very hot with maximum average temperatures of around the low-thirties degrees Celsius. Winters are cooler and it is not unusual for temperatures to drop below freezing point. Calistoga receives an average annual rainfall of around 37 inches.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will prove to be the best point of arrival for your holidays in Calistoga. Depart from London Heathrow (LHR) with airlines such as American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, United Airways and British Airways.