5 MUST SEE, DO
» Old Sacramento Underground
Walk along Sacramento’s underground sidewalks and see doors and windows to buildings from old Sacramento before the streets were raised to prevent flooding. The Gold Rush may have made the city rich, but more than 30 inches of rain in the winter of 1861 submerged Sacramento for three months.
» Bakersfield Sound
Get to know the distinctive country music style known as the Bakersfield Sound, popularized by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in one of the best places to hear it: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield.
» Wine Tasting
Pay a visit to one of the 85 wineries in Lodi, with more than 100 varieties in production, and producing more than 40 percent of the state’s premium Zinfandel.
» Middle Mountains
Hike the Sutter Buttes, remnants of an ancient volcano and known as the “world’s smallest mountain range.”
» Old Town
Wander through the delta town of Locke, the only U.S. town built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese.
A STATELY OAK TREE minds a vineyard in the Central Valley, opposite; downtown Fairfield, above; workers harvest strawberries in the Salinas Valley, left.