California’s heartland offers up one of the state’s most authentic and sensory-rich experiences, a chance to see—and taste—the state’s bounty at every turn. Follow oak-shaded country roads to farm stands overflowing with fresh produce, and meander along wine trails to some of the state’s most productive vineyards and low-key tasting rooms. Throughout the broad valley, stretching for more than 400 miles down the middle of the state, are cities like Stockton and Fresno and Bakersfield— places that boast a rich history, international culture, and “everyone’s welcome” charm.
Lodi Wine Country
Sample the city’s famous Zinfandels after a day of outdoor fun