Central Valley of CA tourism

When you think of places to visit in California, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco are probably some of the destinations that come to mind. But have you considered vacationing in California’s Central Valley? You should! 

Fresno County is in the “heart” of California. It has something to offer everyone. If you like outdoor adventures, the sun shines in Fresno County for more than 300 days a year. Three national parks are only a 90-minute drive from Fresno or Clovis – Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia. You can hike, cross-country ski, go white water rafting, or enjoy walking amongst some of the biggest and oldest trees in the world.

The freshest food can be found in Fresno County, as it’s the #1 agricultural producing county in America. If you’re a foodie, you’ll have your choice of cuisine inspired by different cultures from around the globe prepared with the freshest ingredients. If wine is your beverage of choice, take the Fresno County Wine Journey. With more than a dozen wineries along the route, it’s perfect for daytripping.

The city of Fresno offers visitors a wide range of things to do on vacation. A visit to the Forestiere Underground Gardens, an underground wonderland of beautiful courtyards and magnificent gardens carved by hand in the early 1900’s by Baldassare Forestiere, is an unforgettable experience.

Or take the Fresno County Blossom Trail which runs from mid-February to mid-March.  You’ll find yourself in a “blizzard of blossoms” along the 70 mile journey and have the opportunity to stop at some great local attractions:  Simonian Farms, Hillcrest Tree Farm, the Blossom Trail Fruit Market, and Cedar Valley Winery. End your journey with a great dinner at the School House Restaurant and Tavern.

Pick your destination

Fresno County isn’t the only place to spend your vacation in the Central Valley. Stretching for more than 400 miles down the middle of California, the Valley is also home to cities like Stockton, Bakersfield, and Visalia, each with something unique to offer visitors.

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, consider a vacation in Yolo County. Situated a short distance from Sacramento, Napa, and the Bay Area, Yolo County is home to quaint and charming small towns that offer something for everyone, from history buffs and foodies to hikers and bikers.    

Mild winters, warm and sunny summers, plus a plethora of things to do make California’s Central Valley the ideal place to take your vacation.

Everything you need to know

Whether you’re visiting CA’s Central Valley as a tourist or are currently living in the heartland of the state, pick up a copy of author Jane Rosenthal’s latest novel, Del Rio.

A gripping mystery, set in a fictional Central Valley town, is the story of D.A. Callie McCall and her determination to find the killer behind the murder of a migrant teen.

Join D.A. McCall in her journey from the Central Valley to the west coast of Mexico in pursuit of justice.

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