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Visiting California's Central Valley

It’s the season for planting in California’s central valley. One of America’s most productive produce regions runs over 400-miles between the Sierra Nevada’s and the California coastal mountains. This is the season the central valley grower’s focus on celery, bell peppers, peas and radishes. The fragrant smell of mint, oregano and tarragon soon fills the California air. From Redding and Sacramento in the Sacramento Valley to Fresno and Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley agriculture reigns.

Tulare, 45-miles south of Fresno on the Golden State Highway, welcomes the world’s largest agriculture expo in February. Tulare’s International Agri-Center hosts the 2012 World Ag Expo mid-February. This year’s event marks the 45th anniversary of the Ag Expo and features over 1,600 exhibitors showcasing the latest agriculture products. The International Agri-Center is the place to be for growers.

Sports fans get ready for March Madness in Fresno. The Save Mart Center at Fresno State hosts the 2012 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Championship March 24 and 26. Also home to Fresno State University men and women’s basketball regular season play. The Save Mart Center regularly fills with the excitement of basketball this time of year.

Runners and cyclists mark May on your calendar for the Eye-Q California Classic Weekend. Fresno hosts the 2012 California Classic May 17 through the 20, with the bike ride on Saturday and half-marathon on Sunday. Runners enjoy the course, which winds through Fresno’s Chaffe Zoo, the Tower District and finishes in downtown Fresno at Chukchansi Stadium. The ride is the only one in California that closes down a freeway. New in 2012, the 10-mile section of the ride on California State Freeway 168 is timed, and a King and Queen of the Freeway are crowned.

Merced, 60-miles northwest of Fresno on Highway 99, is a gateway to Yosemite National Park. Spring is an ideal time to visit, with cool weather sans summer crowds, Yosemite is delightful. Merced hosts the 2012 MERCO Cycling Classic March 1 through the 4. Visit for the classic and see the excitement of world-class bike racing. New for 2012, a Masters 35+ Stage race is added – bike racers don’t miss the MERCO Classic.

Anchoring the south end of California’s central valley, Bakersfield is coming alive for spring. Join the trill of the 2012 Western Street Rod Nationals at Kern County Fairgrounds. Bakersfield hosts the NSRA Western Nationals April 27 through the 29. Racing fans and car enthusiasts alike, enjoy this weekend in Bakersfield. May is the time for music lovers to visit Bakersfield. California State University, Bakersfield hosts the 2012 Bakersfield Jazz Festival May 11 and 12. Enjoy this Bakersfield “Rite of Spring” at the CSUB Amphitheatre.

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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