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Visiting California's Central Valley

Fall brings harvest time to California’s Central Valley. Called the Greatest Garden in the World, the Central California Valley is one of America's most important agricultural regions. Cities in the Fresno area also provide a gateway to Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. The Central Valley of California is traversed by Interstate 5 which makes the best route to pass through the region - but why hurry? Fall in the Central Valley brings festivals, events and sports - check out October’s The Big Fresno Fair and ZooBoo at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Stretching from Sacramento south past Bakersfield, there is plenty of fall fun waiting in California's Central Valley.

Exeter, centrally located on Highway 65 in the San Joaquin Valley, claims to produce the sweetest oranges in the world. In any case, Exeter produces abundant citrus as well as fruits, nuts and grapes. Less than 45 minutes west of Sequoia National Park, outdoor recreation abounds in and around Exeter. A hub of small town Americana, Exeter celebrates the autumn bounty with October’s Fall Festival, generates community spirit with Exeter’s Chili Cook-Off in November and joins in the holiday spirit with the Exeter home town Christmas Parade early December. Join the Exeter community for wonderful events all year round.

Celebrate Veteran’s Day with free admission to a National Park near Fresno and Exeter. US National Parks offer fee-free visits over the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend November 11th through the 13th. A great opportunity to visit Kings Canyon National Park or Sequoia National Park before the snow flies. Enjoy the last of fall season recreation and celebrate Veteran’s day in Central California’s beautiful outdoors.

Sports fans don’t miss a Western States Hockey League game with the Fresno Monsters in their 2011 – 2012 season. The monsters take the ice at Selland Arena, in downtown Fresno off Highway 41. Home games run November 11th through the 27th, various dates in December, and January 6th through 15th, 2012.

Runners, test your training at the Two Cities Marathon and Half Marathon hosted by California’s Central Valley cities of Fresno and Clovis. Events include a 50K Ultra Marathon, Half-Marathon Relay and Half-Marathon Walk – a challenge for just about everyone. The marathon course takes participants through Fresno, to historic Old Town Clovis and back to the finish at Fresno’s Woodward Park Amphitheater. Enjoy festivities like the Fitness Expo and Beer Garden, live music and breakfast and massages for the runners. The 2011 Two Cities Marathon is November 6th – a great fall challenge for athletes.

The city of Turlock reopened the landmark Carnegie Arts Center in September after extensive restoration and rebuilding. Be sure to see the inaugural exhibit Ansel Adams’ California, featuring over 125 of the artists’ work and artifacts from his life. Running through January 8th, 2012, the show offers the unique and wondrous perspective of Central California through the lens of Adams. This is a must see exhibit for visitors to California’s Central Valley.

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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