A Day in Mission District and Napa Valley

Mission District was the first quarter of San Francisco – today its “Murals” attract the visitors

The must see landscape list of the Golden State is changing mile by mile in Northern California. It’s worth spending a few days to a week in San Francisco. If you have checked out all the highlights from The Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge, you should definitely visit the first quarter of San Francisco: the Mission District. There, the joyful colors of buildings reminds Mexico. Important information about Hispanic history is provided by Mission Dolores. Founded as early as 1776, it is San Francisco’s oldest building and the oldest intact mission in California.

Also very interesting: The Murals, street art by artists and activists of Hispanic origin – San Francisco has one of the highest concentrations of street art of all peoples around the world. The De Young Museum houses a number of ancient Latin American collections, while the Mexican Museum exhibits extensive prehistoric and contemporary art. If you would like to have a culinary refreshment after a long tour of the museum, you should take a trip to the Mexican kitchen and try tacos, tortillas and salsa in one of the innumerable local restaurants.

Napa Valley Vineyards View and Sunset

Relax and enjoy sun-ripened California wines in the Napa Valley

After the stay in the city, the sunny land beckons. Just an hour away is the Napa or Sonoma Valley. The glorious countryside is a place to sit back and relax or stroll through fertile tree-shaded vineyards and orchards, farms and wineries. After all, there are some of the first and most original vineyards and wineries, including the Franciscan-founded winery Roche Winery and the estate Tres Sabores , which offers no-frills tasting experience. The Oxbow Public Market is also worth a visit to sample a selection of the best sun-ripened grape wines along with other snacks.

Our tip: The Mexican district “The Mission” in San Francisco is best explored with an approximately two-hour guided tour. If you feel like wine tasting and would like to do without your own vehicle, the best way to start is in the city of Napa or in Sonoma with the antique Napa Valley Wine Train.

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