Travel Guide to California - - CENTRAL VALLEY -

» 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.

› sachis­to­ry­mu­seum.org

» 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.

› buck­owens.com

» 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.

› lodi­wine.com

» Mid­dle Moun­tains

Hike the Sut­ter Buttes, rem­nants of an an­cient vol­cano and known as the “world’s small­est moun­tain range.”

› sut­ter­buttes­landtrust.org

» Old Town

Wan­der through the delta town of Locke, the only U.S. town built ex­clu­sively by the Chi­nese for the Chi­nese.

› lock­e­town.com

A STATELY OAK TREE minds a vine­yard in the Cen­tral Val­ley, op­po­site; down­town Fair­field, above; work­ers har­vest straw­ber­ries in the Sali­nas Val­ley, left.

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