Central Valley Visitor Information

Inland Valley Wine Region

Inland Valleys – Our state’s sunny inland valleys are great for grapes. But that isn’t all that grows here: this region is one of the most fertile farmlands in the world, providing more than 8% of America’s agricultural yield. Across Lodi, Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley, farmers tend everything from almonds and apricots to tomatoes, cotton, asparagus and alfalfa. You might say this area and its farmers are California’s unsung heroes; our meals—and our wine—wouldn’t be the same without them.

Lodi and the Delta – Wine grapes came to Lodi with the Gold Rush. Lodi’s wine industry continued to flourish through Prohibition thanks to farmers who maintained their crops for legally sanctioned “home winemaking.” It is those same vines from which today’s Lodi vintners craft some of the country’s finest Zinfandel.

Madera County – Madera, the Spanish word for lumber, was this county’s first industry. But it was gold that put Madera on the map. Mining started here in 1849 and continued well into the 1900’s. Today, the county’s fertile farmlands are its most precious resource, producing almonds, figs, cotton, tomatoes, and yes, wine.

The Sacramento Valley – The Sacramento Valley was discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1500s and has remained central to California history ever since. Home to our state capital and a hub for our thriving agriculture sector, few regions have produced more history—and wine has played an important part.

San Joaquin Valley – The San Joaquin Valley has been called “the food basket of the world.” Crops grown here include cotton, asparagus, almonds, pistachios, oranges, peaches, garlic, tangerines, tomatoes, kiwis, hay, alfalfa, raisins and wine. At 61,000 vineyard hectares (151,000 acres), this is by far the largest wine region in the state.

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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.