Central Valley Visitor Information


The state capital, Sacramento, is a sophisticated city with vestiges of a pioneer past. Explore Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, a representation of the settlement founded by Swiss homesteader John Sutter. Tour the 1874 capitol building, then stroll the surrounding Capitol Park, filled with thousands of varieties of plants. Visit the 1878 Governor’s Mansion, a museum with furnishings donated by 13 former governors.

The Crocker Art Museum, houses 19th-century California and European art. The nearby Towe Ford Museum displays every model made during Ford’s first 50 years.

On the riverfront, Old Sacramento encompasses many shops and restaurants in 1849-to-1870-vintage buildings. Walk through the California State Railroad Museum, the world’s largest, to see 21 restored locomotives and a large collection of railroad memorabilia.

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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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