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The Great Central Valley

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Address: Bakersfield, CA

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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More than just a freeway

This is a center for oil and agriculture. Bakersfield has grown up. It has over 385000 people, excellent restaurants and some special ones. Shopping is improving.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 16, 2015
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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

We have driven through the Great Central Valley several times. This is where I-5 is. Its more than that however. It is an important agricultural and cattle raising area. It also has several wildlife viewing areas. We also like several of the cities. These cities include Mt. Shasta, Redding, Chico, Yuba City, Sacramento, Stockton, Porterville, Modesto, Turlock, Merced, Fresno, Visalia,... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

The Central Valley has endless farming and dairy fields, and there are freeways that run through it allowing you to see them. It is one of the most unique places in the world, and a lot of food is produced here. I love to live here, and there is a culture not found anywhere else.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2015

This is a center for oil and agriculture. Bakersfield has grown up. It has over 385000 people, excellent restaurants and some special ones. Shopping is improving.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2015

We travel through and around the Great Central Valley often because we live here! It is the breadbasket of the world. The roads to the beaches, mountains, and deserts runs through it. A great place to live (except for the air quality, at times).

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2015

I spent my earliest years in the Valley; lived in an agricultural setting, though my family weren't farmers. I learned at an early age how important the Valley was in terms of the massive amount of food that it produced to feed our Country. I participated in a festival that celebrated the completion of the first major State-wide water transfer... More 

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Los angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2015

Love driving through the California farmlands of America and parts of the World. Many capitals in the Valley of fruits and vegetables. The fields are beautiful! Some great photo ops. Also farm stands with goodies to buy along the way for immediate indulging and future home use. Here are some of the things we saw growing and or bought: garlic,... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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1 of 5 bubbles 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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