The Central Valley Travel Guide
Plan Your The Central Valley Vacation
In California’s family of diverse regions, the 225-mile-long Central Valley is literally and figuratively a middle sibling. Cradled between the popular coastal communities to the west and the national parks in the mighty Sierra Nevada to the east, the "Big Valley" is among the world's most fertile working lands, filled with orchards, vineyards, and farms. The area also supports myriad bird and other animal species.
Chain motels and hotels—utilitarian but clean and comfortable—predominate, but there are also upscale lodgings, small... read more
Fast-food places and chain restaurants dominate valley highways, but away from the main drag, homegrown bistros and fine... read more
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
- Castle Air Museum
- Phillips Farms Fruit Stand/Michael David Winery
- Forestiere Underground Gardens
- Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
- Buck Owens' Crystal Palace and Museum
- Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra
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