The Central Valley is a large region that spans the heart of California from Corning and Chico in the north to Bakersfield in the South. Home to the greatest garden in the world, the valley is one of the world's most productive agricultural regions supplying fully one-quarter of the food America eats. Over 300 crops are grown in this incredibly fertile pocket of land.
One of the fastest growing regions in California, the valley has about 6.5 million people living in it today. The largest city is Fresno, followed by Sacramento, the state capital. Of the 49% of mostly federally owned land in California there is relatively little government-owned land in the Central Valley. Land on the valley floor is predominantly farmland and is almost entirely privately owned.
The Central Valley with its many wetlands is a great place for bird watching. Large river systems provide ample opportunities for boating and fishing. Bicyclists will enjoy the 33 mile American River Bike Trail. Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park is one of many State Parks to visit. Some of the valley’s popular destinations include Old Town Sacramento, Downtown Stockton Waterfront, Wild Water Adventure Park in Clovis, Sacramento Wildlife Refuge near Willows, and the California Delta.
With the valley filled with orchards, vineyards and farms, the cuisine is fresh and the wine abundant. The Lodi region is best known for its full-bodied Old Vine Zinfandel wines. Home to many of California’s finest museums and galleries, the valley offers a wide variety of live entertainment, events and attractions welcoming visitors year-round.