“Take the east side cruise between Modesto, La Grange, Riverbank and Oakdale. Blossoms are in full bloom. ” – March. 3rd, 2021


Modesto’s Almond Blossom Cruise

February 24th through Mid-March

Imagine miles and miles of pink and white blossoms spreading over the hills to the horizon. Imagine hundreds of thousands of acres of white carpeted orchards. That’s what you’ll get when you visit Modesto Mid February through Mid March each year and take the You-Drive Almond Blossom Cruise.

With over 75% of the world’s almonds being harvested in California’s Central Valley you can’t drive 5 minutes without seeing an almond orchard near Modesto. Lying right at the heart of almond country the Modesto Almond Blossom Cruise takes you along routes along rivers, through the hills and through farm country. All that just minutes from downtown.

Be sure to stop and grab an almond milk shake or almond brittle. Stop and take pictures (follow the rules below) and see California’s oldest Walnut Tree in West Modesto. Grab some nuts to take home, take a tour of the Oakdale Cheese Factory or just relax in one of the dozens of brew pubs or restaurants that call Modesto home.

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DO’S & DON’TS of ALMOND BLOSSOM CRUISING

DO 
  • Drive Carefully and find a safe place to pull over and view the beauty.
  • Take lots of pictures, bring water and if you take the long eastern route from La Grange to Knight’s Ferry, be sure to grab a snack and gas or charge up.
  • Be sure to stop at the local farm stands to pick up fresh local products.
  • Be sure to share your photos on social media. #visitmodesto and tag us @visitmodesto
DO NOT 
  • Walk in an orchard. There is irrigation equipment and the orchards are private property.
  • Drive into the orchard roads, dirt roads or along the canals.
  • Leave without grabbing some almonds. From smoked to cinnamon to jalapeño to chocolate coated there’s something for everyone.

BEST PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES

If you are wondering where the best photo opportunities, check out this map:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Is there a fee? No fee. It’s free.

Where Can We Take Pictures? You can take pictures at the following locations:

-Rodin Farms – The almond orchards come up right to the parking lot area.

-Robert’s Ferry Nut Company – The almond orchards also pull up right to the parking lot area.

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