San Joaquin Valley, CA

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When you eat an almond, it’s highly likely that it came from this central part of California, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the United States.

California produces about two-thirds of the nation’s fruits and nuts, much of it coming from the fertile San Joaquin Valley, the southern portion of the Central Valley. Drive along the back roads in this rich farm territory to appreciate this agricultural wonderland and buy food directly from hard-working producers.

In addition to purchasing the freshest produce as you happen upon roadside stands, use the California Agricultural Tourism Directory to plan ahead for interaction with local farmers. From San Joaquin in the north to Kern in the south, the eight San Joaquin Valley counties feature experiences including wine tastings in Lodi, goat farm tours in Sanger and a citrus grove maze in Ivanhoe. Look for u-pick harvests ranging from cherries, pluots, pumpkins and tomatoes to lavender and Christmas trees. Farm stays offer work and fun on the land accompanied by delicious meals prepared from local produce.

The region’s long growing season means you’re likely to see various crops in the fields throughout the year. From February to March in Fresno County, observe the delicate petals on fruit and nut trees along the 62-mile (100-kilometer) Blossom Trail. Return in summer to enjoy bounteous seasonal produce. The city of Fresno also has artist studios, the Chaffee Zoo and the Forestiere Underground Gardens, a subterranean complex hand-dug by an Italian immigrant in the early 1900s.

Stop in the California Welcome Center in Merced for information on things to do in the region. Walk around the cities of Stockton, Modesto and Bakersfield to see 100-year-old buildings and museums explaining the region’s development. Combine your trip to the valley with visits to Yosemite National Park and San Francisco, each a 2-hour drive away.

Bring your family to the San Joaquin Valley for fun and flavorful education about where food comes from.

Where to stay in San Joaquin Valley

Ramada by Wyndham Bakersfield North
Ramada by Wyndham Bakersfield North
2.5 out of 5
828 Real Rd, Bakersfield, CA, 93309
The price is $99 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Bakersfield. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
3.1/5 (297 reviews)
"Everything was satisfactory. Very Helpful staff and the facilities had all the amenities."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Ramada by Wyndham Bakersfield North
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
Hyatt Place Bakersfield
3 out of 5
310 Coffee Road, Bakersfield, CA, 93309
Fully refundable
The price is $139 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bakersfield. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a restaurant. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (562 reviews)
"Great hotel for a one night quick stay. Good location."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hyatt Place Bakersfield
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
4 out of 5
1150 9th St, Modesto, CA, 95354
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $156 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Modesto. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
3.9/5 Good! (980 reviews)
"The junior suite was huge and beautiful! The warm cookies was a bonus"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
San Joaquin Hotel
San Joaquin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1309 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA, 93711
The price is $99 per night from May 28 to May 29
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly vacation home in Fresno. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,008 reviews)
"It looks like they are doing phased renovations of this property. Everything in our room was clean and updated except the carpet which was very visibly stained throughout. Like we are talking don’t walk barefoot gross. But the location is still excellent and the bed was comfy."

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

San Joaquin Hotel
Sequoia Riverfront Cabins
Sequoia Riverfront Cabins
2.5 out of 5
Kaweah Genral Store, 40462 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA, 93271
Stay at this cabin in Three Rivers. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
2.9/5 (478 reviews)
great location, property has work in progress.
"some cabins are quite large and well kept, others are much smaller with a lot of work in progress."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Sequoia Riverfront Cabins
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Merced
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Merced
3 out of 5
229 South Parsons Avenue, Merced, CA, 95341
The price is $199 per night from May 20 to May 21
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Merced. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (450 reviews)
"Clean and new very friendly staff, would stay here again for sure"

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Merced
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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