The Central Valley is thought of as an agricultural region, but its many cities – including Fresno, Bakersfield, and Modesto – are wonderful places to live. These cities are accessible to Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and are all within an hour’s drive of Yosemite National Park.
Fresno is the Central Valley’s biggest city, and many of its neighborhoods feature the kind of historic architecture that is hard to come by in California. Fresno’s Downtown District, Old Fig Garden, and Tower District are all examples of areas where renovated homes stand side-by-side with new development. One of Fresno’s most popular annual events is Old Fig Garden’s Christmas Tree Lane, when the neighborhood dresses up their front lawns and hosts a parade.
Music buffs looking to move to the Central Valley will be drawn to Bakersfield, which is widely known for its influence on country music. In the ‘40s and ‘50s, the “Bakersfield Sound” was a stripped-down genre of country music popularized by artists like Buck Owens, Bill Woods, and Merle Haggard. Bakersfield had a strong influence on California’s music scene, and today companies like Mosrite guitars and venues like the Fox Theater continue Bakersfield’s musical heritage. Bakersfield has a unique dining scene, with more Basque restaurants than any other city in the United States.
Modesto is famous as the site of George Lucas’ American Graffiti, but the city does not live in the past. The new Gallo Center for the Arts is an 84,000 square foot center that hosts the Central West Ballet, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and other performers from around the world. The annual Xclamation Festival is a vibrant music festival and street party that brings thousands of people to town every year, and raises thousands of dollars for local charities.
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