Not to be confused with the Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park, California's Old Faithful Geyser, in Calistoga, is an equally spectacular, nature-directed performance. As you approach the geyser, walled by thick bamboo and plumed pampas grass, it appears as an innocent pool of shallow water...until it's time for the major attraction.
Suddenly, the Old Faithful Geyser announces itself with a blast of steam, then it throws a tower of thousands of gallons (liters) of water skyward. It’s an awesome site, especially with Mount Saint Helena and the craggy Palisades mountains as backdrops. Best of all, along with the experience of seeing the geyser, you can soak in the mineral waters and rejuvenating volcanic ash that has made this destination such a popular retreat. After a day wine tasting, come watch the explosion, then unwind in a spa.
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Located in the heart of Napa Valley wine country, Old Faithful Geyser sits off of Tubbs Lane in Calistoga, between Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail. Old Faithful is about 45 minutes from Napa. Nearby attractions include wineries, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, and Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.