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Central California Holiday

Much of the nation’s produce comes from the fertile valleys in this area bordered by the Sierras and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Drive an hour or two east of San Francisco to Central California, where the farmlands and excellent weather of the Central Valley create an agricultural wonderland. Visit farm stands with produce freshly picked from the fields and wineries with old-vine red zinfandels. Travel to higher elevations and cooler weather in the mountains of this central part of the state.

In the fertile valleys stretching from Bakersfield to Lodi, view millions of acres of more than 200 varieties of produce, from tomatoes, asparagus and strawberries to fruit and nut trees and wine grapes. As much as 45 percent of the food reaching U.S. tables is grown here. Stop at roadside stands near Stockton, Modesto, Turlock, Merced, Fresno, all in the San Joaquin Valley to experience the exceptional taste of these fresh fruits and vegetables.

John Steinbeck grew up in Salinas and later wrote about the plight of farmers after World War I in The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and other works. Visit the Steinbeck House and the National Steinbeck Center to see artifacts describing Steinbeck’s life and the history of workers in Central California. Explore the talus caves and high peaks of Pinnacles National Park in nearby San Benito.

In Fresno, experience a subsurface microclimate at Forestiere Underground Gardens, built nearly 100 years ago by a Sicilian immigrant to provide a cooler growing space than the lands aboveground. In the relatively flat valley regions, bicycling is popular for all skill levels. Stop to see the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis.

Drive from valleys to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada Range. Photograph granite peaks in Yosemite National Park in black-and-white Ansel Adams style. View the tall Yosemite Falls and other impressive waterfalls from Yosemite Valley. Hike up Half Dome or relax in the Tuolumne Meadows. Bike and fish during summer in Mammoth Lakes. Ski and snowshoe on the majestic mountains in winter.

Whatever the season, enjoy Central California’s natural bounty.


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Monterey Tides NZ$189
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Monterey Tides

Monterey Tides

2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey, CA
     
    3.8 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    I love this place so much that I plan my vacations around it!!!

    Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa NZ$237
    Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
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    Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

    Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa

    1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The grounds are beautiful! I had no idea that the whole entrance was under construction and we got lost.

      Yosemite View Lodge NZ$203
      Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019
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      Yosemite View Lodge

      Yosemite View Lodge

      11136 Highway 140, El Portal, CA
         
        3.8 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Perfect for our trip to Yosemite National Park! 5 minute drive to the entrance. Plenty of room in the lodge with everything we could have needed for our stay. We had the loft room. It’s big enough for 4 people to sleep comfortably in. One kind bed, 1 queen upstairs, kitchen. Right on a beautiful ...

        Madonna Inn NZ$193
        Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
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        Madonna Inn

        100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
           
          4.4 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Had a fun stay at this ultra kitschy hotel! We stayed in The Elegance room. Kind of creepy cool in the best way. I loved the little nook with the queen size bed. Nice to have that small space to myself. Downtown San Luis Obispo has a number of good restaurants and cute shops.

          The Fairmont San Jose NZ$216
          Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019
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          The Fairmont San Jose

          The Fairmont San Jose

          170 S Market Street, San Jose, CA
             
            4.3 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            There was significant construction going on so that was a bit inconvenient. However, the lobby smelled wonderful.

            Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa NZ$333
            Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
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            Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

            400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA
               
              4.6 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              We had an excellent experience! We loved everything about it! Can’t wait to go back! ;)

              The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park NZ$226
              Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019
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              The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park

              The Ranch at Death Valley – Inside the Park

              Highway 190, Death Valley, CA
                 
                3.6 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                it’s a great improvement from a few months ago. they had recently renovation.

                Hayes Mansion NZ$200
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                Hayes Mansion

                Hayes Mansion

                200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose, CA
                   
                  4.3 of 5
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                  The property was beautiful! Rooms were very nice ( wish they had a microwave). The pool was stunning and loved the house all lit up at night. Upon check-in, got a little bit turned Round as to where the e

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