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Visiting California's Central Valley

The sun is shining over the Golden State and the Central Valley is ripe for a visit. With an abundance of parks and outdoor destinations in every direction, outdoor adventures are easy to find. And visitors can find a sense of local life as communities from Bakersfield and Fresno to Modesto and Stockton gear up for more special events, festivals, and family-friendly fun than any other time of year.

It’s a great time to explore the vast and diverse Central Valley by embarking on a scenic driving tour. Not only do the highways and byways of the region yield incredible views of towering peaks to the east, they also lead to countless one-of-a-kind attractions and opportunities to discover California’s centuries-old history. Check out Carnegie Museum in the city of Hanford to see a variety of artifacts and exhibits spanning the history of Kings County.

Sports fans know summer means it’s time for baseball, and and the central California Valley is home to numerous baseball teams. The Stockton Ports play at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton, the Modesto Nuts swing the bat at John Thurman Field in Modesto, and the Fresno Grizzlies roar at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

Baseball fans from Lemoore, Hanford, Selma, Dinuba, Exeter, Tulare, and beyond gather in Visalia to watch Visalia Rawhide home games at Recreation Ballpark. Further south in Bakersfield, the Bakersfield Blaze swing for the fences at the historic Sam Lynn Ballpark. Check the schedule during your central CA visit and catch a game near you – the 2016 MiLB season goes through the first week of September.

Music is in the air over Stockton all summer long. Each Wednesday through August 3rd, Victory Park in Stockton hosts free concerts featuring everything from big band to Latin to an Abba tribute band. Bring your chair and relax in Stockton – 2016 Concerts in the Park shows start at 6 p.m.

Singing your heart out is bound to make you thirsty – luckily, there’s the 2016 Stockon Beer Week. All across Stockton, breweries, bars, eateries, and other venues offer specialty brews and host a variety of events highlighting the city's eclectic beer scene. Check local listings during your visit to find the best places to soak up some suds from September 16th through 25th.

The 2016 Bakersfield Village Fest is this year’s iteration of a local-favorite annual tradition. The festivities feature 30 local restaurants offering unlimited samples, tons of live music, 60 breweries and wineries, and more, all at the Kern County Museum.

California's Central Valley Hotel Map

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40 Best Western Hotels
in California's Central Valley

  • BEST WESTERN
    Heritage Inn

    Bakersfield

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Hill House

    Bakersfield

  • BEST WESTERN
    California City Inn & Suites

    California City

  • BEST WESTERN
    Clovis Cole

    Clovis

  • BEST WESTERN
    Big Country Inn

    Coalinga

  • BEST WESTERN
    Liberty Inn

    Delano

  • BEST WESTERN
    Americana

    Dinuba

  • BEST WESTERN
    Exeter Inn & Suites

    Exeter

  • BEST WESTERN
    Apricot Inn

    Firebaugh

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Fresno Airport Hotel

    Fresno

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Fresno Inn

    Fresno

  • BEST WESTERN
    Village Inn

    Fresno

  • BEST WESTERN
    Galt Inn

    Galt

  • BEST WESTERN
    Hanford Inn

    Hanford

  • BEST WESTERN
    Kettleman City Inn & Suites

    Kettleman City

  • BEST WESTERN
    Liberty Inn

    Lebec

  • BEST WESTERN
    Inn & Suites Lemoore

    Lemoore

  • BEST WESTERN
    I-5 Inn & Suites

    Lodi

  • BEST WESTERN
    Royal Host Inn

    Lodi

  • BEST WESTERN
    Executive Inn

    Los Banos

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Executive Inn & Suites

    Manteca

  • BEST WESTERN
    Inn

    Merced

  • BEST WESTERN
    Palm Court Inn

    Modesto

  • BEST WESTERN
    Town House Lodge

    Modesto

  • BEST WESTERN
    Desert Winds

    Mojave

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Villa Del Lago Inn

    Patterson

  • BEST WESTERN
    Porterville Inn

    Porterville

  • BEST WESTERN
    John Jay Inn

    Sacramento

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Sutter House

    Sacramento

  • BEST WESTERN
    Sandman Motel

    Sacramento

  • BEST WESTERN
    Andersen's Inn

    Santa Nella

  • BEST WESTERN
    Colonial Inn

    Selma

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Heritage Inn

    Stockton

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Taft Inn

    Taft

  • BEST WESTERN
    Mountain Inn

    Tehachapi

  • BEST WESTERN PLUS
    Country Park Hotel

    Tehachapi

  • BEST WESTERN
    Luxury Inn

    Tracy

  • BEST WESTERN
    Town & Country Lodge

    Tulare

  • BEST WESTERN
    Orchard Inn

    Turlock

  • BEST WESTERN Plus Wasco Inn & Suites

    Wasco

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California's Central Valley Events

June 2016

June 1 - August 3, 2016
2016 Concerts in the Park

Each Wednesday for nearly all  summer, Victory Park in Stockton hosts free concerts featuring everything from big band to latin to even an Abba tribute band. Bring your chair and relax in Stockton – shows start at 6 p.m.

September 2016

September 16-25, 2016
2016 Stockon Beer Week

All across Stockton, venues offer specialty brews and events to celebrate the city's eccletic beer scene. The week's festivities include beer dinners, the Brews and Shows Walk/Run, beer movie nights, and more. Check the schedule during your visit.

September 10, 2016
2016 Bakersfield Village Fest

A must-see festival held annually in Bakersfield. There will be over 30 local restaurants offering unlimited samples, tons of live music, 60 breweries and wineries, and more, all at the Kern County Museum. Grab your passes today.

September 18, 2016
8th Annual Memorial Car Show

A fun-filled day in Modesto featuring a classic car show, 50/50 raffles and giveaways, and more. The event is hosted at the Fruit Yard, starting at 8 a.m. 

October 2016

October 6-9, 2016
2016 Joshua Tree Fall Music Festival

Just outside Yucca Valley, the Joshua Tree Campground hosts a three-day music festival that is great for all families. It all begins at 10 a.m. each day. Grab some passes and plan your trip today.

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