Transportation infrastructure

If visitors decide they would like to participate in activities in both Napa Valley and San Francisco, they have ways to get to both areas. San Francisco and Napa Valley are supported by visitor-friendly transportation that caters to a wide variety of preferences. One popular form of transportation is BART, a regional rail service. BART is accessible from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK), and connects to NAPA Valley through the Napa County bus service. Valley Intercity Neighborhood Express (VINE) provides transportation to the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station through its Regional Route 29 (Vine Transit, 2015). VINE also has eight local routes in the city of Napa, five regional routes and three inter-county routes. Instead of utilizing BART, visitors can take the San Francisco Ferry, which departs from the San Francisco Ferry Building, AT&T Park or Pier 41, to the Vallejo Terminal (San Francisco Bay Ferry, n.d.). Visitors then connect with Napa Valley through VINE at the Vallejo Transit Center.

The Napa Valley Wine Train is accessible through the San Francisco Ferry, SFO and OAK. Visitors travelling to Napa Valley on the San Francisco Ferry have access to the morning Wine Train shuttle via the Vallejo Ferry terminal. The Wine Train shuttle will also return visitors to this terminal in the early evening (Napa Valley Wine Train, n.d.). Travellers arriving via SFO or OAK have a shuttle option through Evans Airport Shuttle. This service operates seven days a week, runs approximately every two hours, and provides service to over 50 Napa Valley hotels (Evans, Inc., 2009). Visitors from select regional cities can fly into Santa Rosa’s Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) via daily Alaska Airlines flights. STS is about 30 miles (48 km) from Napa Valley and is accessible from Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego and Las Vegas. Private pilots may fly their aircraft directly into Napa County Airport located five miles (8 km) south of Napa City (Napa Valley Wine Train, n.d.).

Also, several tour companies transport visitors from San Francisco to Napa Valley. Viator will pick up visitors from their hotels in the city and take them to several wineries. Grayline offers visitors a guided tour of Napa Valley (Grayline, 2016). San Francisco Wine Tours provides visitors with a luxury wine tour. TripAdvisor (2016) lists many other wine tour companies in the area.

Once in Napa, visitors have several options to travel the region in different ways. Tours allow visitors to explore the area by walking, limousine, hot air balloon, train, personal driver, aeroplane or luxury chauffeur. Visitors can also create their own tour by selecting different destinations and generating a personal map that shows visitors the best route for their selected destinations (Visit Napa Valley, n.d.c).

This transportation infrastructure has made travelling between San Francisco and Napa Valley much easier. Both areas have prospered independently but have benefited together by having this connection. If they prefer, visitors can enjoy each destination in the same vacation or business trip. It may be feasible to implement this type of relationship between cities with high visitation rates and wineries located close by, only if there is demand for these wineries. The next section will examine the possibility that the same relationship can be facilitated between Philadelphia and nearby wineries.

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