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

Bidwell Park & Bidwell Mansion
Feather River Fish Hatchery, Oroville
Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno
Oroville Dam & Lake, Oroville
Sacramento Zoo
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

Activities in the Central Valley Area

Blossom Trail

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Celebrate Winter at a Wildlife Festival

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Central Valley Museums

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Explore Bats in Yolo Basin

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Inland Valley Wine Region

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Rocks – A Family’s Passion

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Camp-California is concerned about the health and safety of our campers and adventurers. While camping and outdoor activities do offer the ability to self-isolate, we are encouraging all California residents and travelers to shelter in place until further notice. We recognize that getting outdoors is what you do best, and we will be here to reacquaint you with nature once we're cleared for adventure again!


Most private parks are open with 14-day minimums. If you are a full-time RVer looking to shelter in place, a member of the traveling medical profession, or a utility worker looking for a park please call our office and we can connect you with an appropriate location.