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Address: Bakersfield, CA
Activities: Driving
Description: The area located in the middle of California, marked by San Joaquin to the...
The area located in the middle of California, marked by San Joaquin to the south and Sacramento to the north.
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Life Here Is Hard To Beat

I grew up here and have recently moved back after a 25 year absence. While it isn't perfect, I think it is a great place to live. Thanks to the fertile soil, about half of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Ron P
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Bakersfield, California
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Bakersfield, California
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215 reviews 215 reviews
42 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I grew up here and have recently moved back after a 25 year absence. While it isn't perfect, I think it is a great place to live. Thanks to the fertile soil, about half of the country's food is grown here. That equates to freshness and low prices delivered to your dinner table. Bakersfield, the southern-most large city, offers jobs... More 

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Malibu, California, United States
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375 reviews 375 reviews
159 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Must tell you that during my trip in early November, the air quality was really awful in the Valley. Stayed that way for several days...

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Cairo, Egypt
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403 reviews 403 reviews
95 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The valley is about 50 miles wide and 450 miles long. California wild rice, cotton, almonds, pistachios, citrus, pomegranates and olives grow here. Five of the central counties grow 52% of the nation's fruits and vegetables. As well, you'll see a lot of oil wells. If you can take the time to drive up Hwy 99 from Bakersfield to Sacramento,... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The valley use to be beautiful. Not anymore! Garbage on the sides of roads and terrible roads..traffic congestion awful, rude drivers. Smog, and poor poor air quality. Not enough entertainment to suit the population. Wages extremely low and housing costs inflated. Hot Hot Hot in triple digits! Not a beautiful place anymore. Looks like slum has taken over.

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California
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203 reviews 203 reviews
26 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

So many things to do, so little time. As often as I can, I drive from one small town to another, just to see the sights and have fun. I avoid this place in the hot, hot summer.

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Bakersfield, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

If you are looking for a huge valley, they don't get much bigger than this. It is 500 miles from one end to the other. If you are looking for clean air, stay out of the South end of the valley.

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Tampa, Florida
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157 reviews 157 reviews
55 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Seems all they need is water and they could feed the World. Must be a million square miles of land waiting for crops, You don't need to drive the whole valley but certainly educational. Scenery a lot of the same

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Aiken, South Carolina
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127 reviews 127 reviews
33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

If you want to see where much of the food for the united states and abroad is grown, then you will love and appreciate the central valley. Grove after grove and growing field after growing field.

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Chesterfield, VA, USA
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

The scenery was exquisite and a gem along the way was having lunch at the Moesnner Farms Restaurant.

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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253 reviews 253 reviews
117 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

People are the nicest you'll find anywhere. A big town with a small token feel. Tis has been a great place to live!

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