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The Great Central Valley

Bakersfield, CA
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Ranked #14 of 19 Attractions in Bakersfield
Type: Valleys
Activities: Driving
Traveler Description: If you are driving by Bakersfield on a day after a rainy day and the sky has thereby been washed, by all means, get out and enjoy the view of the... more »
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Cairo, Egypt
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315 reviews 315 reviews
74 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Frazier Park, California
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159 reviews 159 reviews
20 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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155 reviews 155 reviews
55 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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229 reviews 229 reviews
106 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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