Living In the Napa Valley & Resources Guide

Napa: A choice of lifestyles

People may think of Napa as one place. But, in reality, Napa County encompasses a variety of places and widely divergent geography.

While it often surprises visitors, the fact is the Napa Valley does not cover the entire County. The famous Napa Valley viticultural region runs north and south along the Mayacamas range in the westernmost part of the County. Eastern Napa County is most notable for Lake Berryessa and the housing developments nearby as well as the more sparsely settled grasslands of Capell and Pope Valleys north to the Lake County line.

The Napa Valley begins just north of American Canyon — the southernmost gateway to the County.  American Canyon is the County’s newest town, built specifically in an area set aside by the County for development to take the pressure off towns up Valley that were nearing build-out. Homes in American Canyon tend to be of fairly recent vintage. Located near the commute corridor of I-80, American Canyon offers some of the most affordable housing in Napa.

The City of Napa, about 10 miles north of ANapa-View of Opera House from north on Main Streetmerican Canyon, is the County Seat and largest city in Napa County with a population of about 75,000. Established on a bend in the Napa River in the mid-1800s, Napa’s downtown and nearby Old Town residential neighborhoods boast many historic structures housing businesses, restaurants, winery tasting rooms and residences. Neighborhoods like Alta Heights date from the pre and post-WWII years and occupy the hillsides east of downtown while Browns Valley to the west and North Napa offer a multitude of homes built in the 70s, 80s, and later to house the growing number of families that began to call Napa home as the Valley became known as the nation’s premier fine wine-producing area.

To the north of Napa at approximately 10 mile intervals are the villages of Yountville, site of the Yountville Chamber shotVeteran’s home and some of the state’s most celebrated eateries; quaint and historic St. Helena — getaway for many San Franciscans who summer here — and Calistoga, known since the Victorian era for its soothing, geyser-fed hot springs spas.

For cultural, education and other information resources, please click on the links below.

Overview of Napa City and County

American Canyon

Napa or Napa


St. Helena



Napa Valley Historical Museums, Organizations & Sites

Homes and Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places

Napa Historical Society/Napa Landmarks/Goodman Library, Napa

Sharpsteen Museum,   Calistoga

Napa Valley Museum,   Yountville

Firefighters’ Museum, Napa

Bothe Napa & Old Gristmill State Park

DiRosa Museum

Senior Resources – Napa


Napa Valley Outdoor Recreation and Gardens

Hiking: Westwood Hills Park

Hiking: Napa Valley State Parks

Dog Friendly Parks: Alston, Shurtleff and Kennedy Parks


Napa Valley Arts and Cultural Sites

Uptown Theatre

Napa Valley Opera House

Visit Napa Valley Arts & Culture

Directory of Arts Organizations


Napa County Information

Napa County Information

Napa School Events

Search Napa County Schools

Napa School Sports Events

Napa County Library

Planning, Building & Environmental Services

Voter Registration

Pet Adoption: Napa Cty. Shelter


Napa Visitor Information

Downtown Napa: Do Napa

Things to Do:

Napa Tourist Guide

Dining to Wineries:

Calistoga Spa Guide

Visit St. Helena

Visit Calistoga

Visit Yountville


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