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Visiting California's Central Valley

Those deciding to visit California’s Central Valley during the fall and winter seasons may look forward to Halloween and holiday events, plus outdoor recreation in some of California’s most famed national parks. Autumn travelers, don’t miss October events like the 2012 Sacramento Horror Film Festival in Sacramento, the 2012 October Fun Fest in Bakersfield, and the Big Fresno Fair in Fresno. Sequoia National Park’s autumn season lasts from mid-September through November, and features activities like hiking, visits to the Giant Forest Museum, and tours of the Crystal Cave. Winter visitors, check out Badger Pass Ski Area at Yosemite National Park, and holiday events throughout Cali Valley.

For a screaming good time this Halloween season, check out the 2012 Sacramento Horror Film Festival in mid-October. Held at the Historic Colonial Theatre, the SHFF is an award-winning event established in 2007, and features games, live entertainment, and costume contests, along with horror genre film screenings.

If you’re ready to enjoy fall in Central Valley’s outdoor splendor, head to Sequoia National Park – less than an hour’s drive from cities like Tulare, Exeter, Porterville, and Dinuba. A must-see during your time in Sequoia National Park is Crystal Cave – found off of Generals Highway, the cave features four different tours: the Historic Candlelight Tour, the Discovery Tour, the Wild Cave Tour, and the Junior Caver Tour. Grab a ticket at the Foothills or Lodgepole visitor center, and enjoy your fall among the Sequoias.

For more fun in California’s national playgrounds, enjoy a winter visit to the famed Yosemite National Park. Easily reached by cities like Manteca, Modesto, Turlock, and Merced – dubbed the Gateway to Yosemite – Yosemite features wintery recreation from December through March. Fans of downhill and cross-country skiing need to head down Glacier Point Road to the 90-acre historic Badger Pass Ski Area. This scenic ski park features 10 total runs, and more than 84 miles of trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Defrost at the historic Badger Pass Day Lodge, featuring the Snowflake Room and stunning views of the ski area.

Fall and winter festivals are rampant throughout Central Valley. Don’t miss the 2012 October Fun Fest – held in October at Murray's Family Farm, this is the perfect family fun activity for visitors to Bakersfield. Fresno hosts the Big Fresno Fair in early October at the Fresno Fairgrounds, followed by the 23rd Annual Civil War Revisited event in late October.  Come the holiday season, don't miss Fresno's Candy Cane Tree Lane. Other holiday events include PJ Party Christmas Eve at the Sacramento Zoo, A Rock & Opera Christmas at the Veterans' Memorial Center Theatre in Davis, and Christmas & Candlelight Tours at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.

California's Central Valley Hotel Map

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40 Best Western Hotels
in California's Central Valley

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    Crystal Palace Inn & Suites

    Bakersfield

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    Heritage Inn

    Bakersfield

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    Hill House

    Bakersfield

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    California City Inn & Suites

    California City

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    Clovis Cole

    Clovis

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    Big Country Inn

    Coalinga

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    Liberty Inn

    Delano

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    Americana

    Dinuba

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    Exeter Inn & Suites

    Exeter

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    Apricot Inn

    Firebaugh

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    Fresno Airport Hotel

    Fresno

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    Fresno Inn

    Fresno

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    Village Inn

    Fresno

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    Galt Inn

    Galt

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    Hanford Inn

    Hanford

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    Kettleman City Inn & Suites

    Kettleman City

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    Liberty Inn

    Lebec

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    Inn & Suites Lemoore

    Lemoore

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    I-5 Inn & Suites

    Lodi

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    Royal Host Inn

    Lodi

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    Executive Inn

    Los Banos

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    Executive Inn & Suites

    Manteca

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    Inn

    Merced

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    Palm Court Inn

    Modesto

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    Town House Lodge

    Modesto

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    Desert Winds

    Mojave

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    Villa Del Lago Inn

    Patterson

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    Porterville Inn

    Porterville

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    John Jay Inn

    Sacramento

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    Sutter House

    Sacramento

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    Sandman Motel

    Sacramento

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    Andersen's Inn

    Santa Nella

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    Colonial Inn

    Selma

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    Heritage Inn

    Stockton

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    Mountain Inn

    Tehachapi

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    Country Park Hotel

    Tehachapi

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    Luxury Inn

    Tracy

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    Town & Country Lodge

    Tulare

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    Orchard Inn

    Turlock

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    Wasco Inn & Suites

    Wasco

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California's Central Valley Events

November 2014

November 13, 2014 - January 7, 2015
Downtown Fresno Ice Rink

Downtown Fresno lightens up with a skating rink, open only during the holidays. The rink is located at Fulton Mall.

December 2014

December 14, 2014
Merced Annual Christmas Tour

Take on a self-guided tour of Merced's famous historic homes, decorated in time for the holiday season.

February 2015

February 14 - 15, 2015
Lodi Wine & Chocolate

Spend Valentine Day's weekend exploring over 40 wineries at Lodi Wine Country. Enjoy decadent wines and handsomely crafted chocolates.

February 13 - 16, 2015
Whiskey Flat Days

Located east of Bakersfield near Lake Isabella, Whiskey Flat Days celebrates the Wild West history of the Central Valley and Southern California.

March 2015

March 8, 2015
Sacramento Capitol Beer Fest

Downtown Sacramento celebrates the oncoming of spring with this lively festival in the Capitol Mall. Taste over 300 varieties of beers from over 100 breweries

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