California’s Central Valley encompasses a patchwork of farmland, but you’ll find much more than broccoli flourishing here. The region abounds with cultural treasures just as captivating as its pastoral landscape. As autumn’s brisk air moves recreational activities inside, discover a different kind of warmth at these destinations.
Sacramento: Golden 1 Center
California’s capital has a contemporary architectural landmark with Golden 1 Center, the striking home of the Sacramento Kings. The state-of-the-art arena is completely solar-powered and—thanks to massive folding hangar doors—both indoor and outdoor. When the team is away, the arena hosts performers such as Paul McCartney and serves as the hub of a new four-block plaza that teems with public art, restaurants, and movie theaters.
Bakersfield: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
Polish your two-step at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, a swinging supper club founded by the late country music legend, who helped define the pioneering Bakersfield sound. Interiors resemble an Old West town, with storefront windows that display a museum’s worth of jewel-encrusted suits and eclectic memorabilia. Suspended on the wall behind the bar is a 1972 Pontiac convertible, embellished with bullhorns and rifles, that was custom-made for Elvis.