Must see attractions in San Joaquin Valley

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    Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple

    With elaborate grounds, brightly painted statues and a 50ft reclining Buddha, this is a vibrant home to the area's Cambodian population. The celebration…

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    Cesar E Chavez National Monument

    This newly designated national monument, Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, is the national headquarters of the United Farmworkers of America and was the…

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    Forestiere Underground Gardens

    If you see only one thing in Fresno, make it this intriguing historic landmark, two blocks east of Hwy 99. The gardens were built by Sicilian immigrant…

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    Weber Point Events Center

    Downtown on the McLeod Lake waterfront, the modern white edifice standing in the middle of a grassy park looking rather like a pile of sailboats is the…

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    Kern County Museum

    This museum brings local history to life with a pioneer village of more than 50 restored and replicated buildings (including Merle Haggard's childhood…

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    Michael David

    These brothers have built an enthusiastic following with their oaky, fruity wines. Their renowned Zinfandel, '7 Deadly Zins,' is a standout. The cafe and…

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    Cedar View Winery

    On the easternmost reaches of the Blossom Trail, Cedar View Winery is a comfy place to enjoy a glass of wine and Sierra views from the back patio. Known…

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    Japanese Garden

    This garden is the brainchild of gardener 'Duke' Yoshimura, who was born in Sacramento and educated in Japan. He later served in the US armed forces…

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    Jessie’s Grove

    With its summer concert series and very long history, this is an anchor of Lodi wine producers. There's a new tasting room downtown on E Locust St.

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    Harney Lane

    A sweet family outfit that’s been around Lodi forever; their Tempranillo is an overachiever. Tasting fee refunded with purchase.

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    Jeremy Wine Co

    Friendly folk in this brass- and wood-fitted tasting room downtown pour a bright fruit-forward Sangiovese.

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    Castle Air Museum

    Aerospace buffs will enjoy strolling down the rows of vintage military aircraft, ranging from pre-WWII to the present, on former Air Force base grounds…

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    Roeding Park

    Just east of Hwy 99, this large and shady park is home to the small Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Adjacent to it are Storyland, a kitschy children’s fairy-tale…

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    Micke Grove Regional Park & Zoo

    For the seriously underage, Lodi’s Micke Grove Regional Park and Zoo is a good stop, with a water play area, hissing cockroaches and some barking sea…

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    Fresno Chaffee Zoo

    This zoo, which began as a refuge for unwanted pets over 100 years ago, is now home to animals from around the globe, including elephants, tigers, lions…

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    Tower Theatre

    Fresno’s Tower District began as a shopping mecca during the 1920s, gaining its name from the Tower Theatre, a beautiful 1939 art-deco movie house. The…

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    Riverdance Farm

    Permaculture farming produces delectable blueberries and cherries May to June at this fruit and nut farm, which also hosts a pick-and-gather festival the…

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    California Living Museum

    The zoo and botanical gardens showcase over 200 native animals and a rattlesnake house, which has every type of rattler in the state. It’s about a 20…

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    Five & Dime Antique Mall

    Three stories hold vintage wares that date back to at least the same era as the Woolworth building they're housed in. Try to go when the diner is open.