Central Valley Visitor Information


A major oil-producing area, Bakersfield also hosts the nation’s largest Basque community, descendants of shepherding immigrants. For local flavor, visit the 1893 Noriega Hotel, a Basque landmark, and dine at a Basque restaurant. The Kern County Museum and Lori Brock Children’s Discovery Center include 50 historic buildings, dating from 1860 to 1930, and hands-on exhibits. To the south, in Lebec, the 1854-era Fort Tejon houses a restored Army dragoon barracks and a museum.

East of Bakersfield, both the Upper and Lower Kern rivers draw whitewater rafting adventurers. For wildlife viewing, visit the California Living Museum northeast of Bakersfield. Or, head west to Buttonwillow to take a guided tour of the Tule Elk State Reserve. Bring binoculars! Just north is Wasco, home of the world’s largest miniature rose-growing facility. Near Delano, visit the Kern National Wildlife Refuge, winter home to wildfowl.

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Top Attractions in the Central Valley Area

Bakersfield Music Theatre
Bidwell Park & Bidwell Mansion
Boomers, Modesto
Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, Bakersfield
Buttonwillow Raceway Park
California Living Museum
California State Capitol & Museum
California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Explorit Science Center
Fairytale Town
Feather River Fish Hatchery, Oroville
Folsom Premium Outlets
Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno
National Yo Yo Museum, Chico
Old Sacramento
Oroville Dam & Lake, Oroville
Sacramento Zoo
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
Sierra Nevada Brewing Tour
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

Activities in the Central Valley Area

American River Parkway

Every city, it seems, has a trail where dog walkers can see and be seen. …
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Blossom Trail

Take this self-guided motor or bicycle tour, organized by the Fresno County Blossom Trail Committee, …
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Celebrate Winter at a Wildlife Festival

Winter is the season to enjoy the spectacular migratory bird life along the famed Pacific …
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Central Valley Museums

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Explore Bats in Yolo Basin

Within the shadow of the capitol of California, the Yolo Bypass offers excellent wildlife viewing …
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Feather Falls Loop, Oroville

It is a spectacular waterfall, plunging 410 ft. along the Fall River. Feather Falls flows …
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