The Central Valley

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Central Valley - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. California Living Museum

    Zoo/Aquarium

    At this combination zoo, botanical garden, and natural history museum, the emphasis is on the zoo. Within the reptile house lives every species...Read More

  • 2. Castle Air Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    You can stroll among dozens of restored military aircraft at this outdoor facility. The vintage war birds include the B-25 Mitchell medium-range...Read More

  • 3. Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

    Historic District/Site

    It's worth the slight detour off Highway 99 to learn about and pay homage to the dream of Allen Allensworth and other black pioneers who in...Read More

  • 4. Forestiere Underground Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    Sicilian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere spent four decades (1906–46) carving out an odd, subterranean realm of rooms, tunnels, grottoes, alcoves...Read More

  • 5. Kern County Museum and Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center

    Museum/Gallery

    This 16-acre site is one of the Central Valley's top museum complexes. The indoor-outdoor Kern County Museum is an open-air, walk-through historic...Read More

  • 6. Kern Valley Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A cadre of sweet, well-informed volunteers runs this jam-packed throwback of a museum that's bigger than it looks from the outside. With exhibits...Read More

  • 7. M2 Wines

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    With its translucent polycarbonate panels, concrete floor, and metal framing, this winery's high-ceilinged tasting room strikes an iconoclastic...Read More

  • 8. McKellar Family Farms

    Farm/Ranch

    Taste, touch, and feel your way through orange and mandarin groves on a guided tour of this 180-acre working citrus farm. Tours last from 60...Read More

  • 9. Michael David Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Wine Enthusiast magazine anointed Adam Mettler of Michael David its winemaker of the year in 2018 in recognition of his skill at creating smooth...Read More

  • 10. Berghold Estate Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The tasting room at Berghold recalls an earlier wine era with its vintage Victorian interior, including restored, salvaged mantlepieces, leaded...Read More

  • 11. Blossom Trail

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    The 62-mile self-guided Blossom Trail driving tour takes in Fresno-area orchards, citrus groves, and vineyards during spring blossom season...Read More

  • 12. Blue Diamond Growers Store

    Store/Shop/Mall

    You can witness the everyday abundance of the Modesto area with a visit here; on offer are tasty samples, a film about almond growing, and many...Read More

  • 13. Bravo Farms Traver

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    For one-stop truck-stop entertainment, pull off the highway in Traver, where at Bravo Farms you can try your luck at an arcade shooting gallery...Read More

  • 14. China Alley

    Historic District/Site

    Worth a brief look if you're in town—for the photo op, if nothing else—this frozen-in-time street holds the last remains of Hanford's once-bustling...Read More

  • 15. Fresno Art Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The museum's key permanent collections include pre-Columbian Mesoamerican art, Andean pre-Columbian textiles and artifacts, Japanese prints...Read More

  • 16. Fresno Chaffee Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    The zoo's most striking exhibit is its tropical rain forest, where you'll encounter exotic birds along paths and bridges. Elsewhere at the zoo...Read More

  • 17. Haggin Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In pretty Victory Park, the Haggin has one of the Central Valley's finest art collections. Highlights include landscapes by Albert Bierstadt...Read More

  • 18. Hanford Carnegie Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Fashions, furnishings, toys, and military artifacts at this living-history museum tell the region's story. The facility is inside the former...Read More

  • 19. Historic Graffiti Cruise Route

    Neighborhood/Street

    A downtown walking tour follows the iconic 1950s-era cruise route portrayed in Modesto native George Lucas's 1973 film American Graffiti. ...Read More

  • 20. International Heritage Festival

    Festival–Sight

    The prosperity that water brought to Modesto has attracted people from all over the world. The city holds a well-attended International Heritage...Read More

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