Los Banos Travel Guide

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Los Banos Things to Do

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    Enterign Los Banos from the west 3 more images

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jul 10, 2007

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    Los Banos is a town of about 35,000 and is named after the nearby seasonal spring "baths" and associated wetlands. As of the 2000 census, about 50 percent of the population was Hispanic. The town also has a large number of Portuguese and Basque immigrants and has numerous restaurants from both genres. Los Banos was also the headquarters of the Miller-Lux Corporation, who owner was once the largest landowner in the US.

    Los Banos is about 90 minutes from Monterey and perhaps two hours from Yosemite National Park.

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    The California Aqueduct in Los Banos 3 more images

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 6, 2007

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    The California Aqueduct carries water from 444 miles from the Sacramento area of northern California to the dry areas around Los Angeles in southern California. The aqueduct provides drinking water for 23 million people and irrigation for 755,000 acres of farmland. The aqueduct, along with numerous lakes and reservoirs, is part of the State Water Project. This $1.75 billion project was approved by state voters in 1960, even though some preliminary construction began in 1957 under other mandates.

    Today the aqueduct follows Interstate 5 through the San Joaquin Valley for most of its distance across the state. In Los Banos, the aqueduct lies just west of town near I-5.

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 6, 2007

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    The San Luis Reservoir, at 9 miles long and 5 miles wide, is the largest off-stream reservoir in the United States, as all water is pumped in from the nearby aqueduct and canals. The reservoir is a key part of the California State Water Project which was created in the 1960s to provide water for Southern California's cities. Most of the water from this reservoir actually is used to irrigate the fields of the San Joaquin Valley.

    San Luis Dam (or BF Sisk Dam) is the fourth largest embankment dam in the United States. It was completed in 1967 (under the leadership of then-governor Ronald Regan) and stands 305 feet high. At the dam there is a pumped storage hydroelectric dam that produces clean energy for Northern California, but at a modest capacity of 424 MW.

    The San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area encompasses three major lakes: the San Luis Reservoir, O'Neill Forebay, and the Los Banos Creek Reservoir. The park is known for its boating, board sailing, camping, picnicking, and especially fishing.

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  • by snuffy01 Updated Jun 22, 2007

    A smallish outpost of Italian cooking out in the middle of nowhere. A clean restaurant with very good food, friendly atmosphere and excellent prices. A place you can take your family.
    When zipping from I-5 to 99 or back on 152, it's an easy place to find.

    Favorite Dish: I'm a Pasta geek, the Ravioli, Lasagna and other pastas are very good, their Chicken Fet. is mouth watering.

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    Cecelia's Restaurant Los Banos, CA

    by atufft Written Nov 7, 2005

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    We had locals recommend this restaurant to us when we were passing through to Monterrey from Yosemite. Cecelia's is a traditional style diner with vinyl seats and breakfast bar. Along the walls are photos of Mexican folk heros like Pancho Villa and San Joaquin Murrieta. The service is good and the variety of fixing for Mexican food wide. Cecelia's also serves traditional American food like French fries, hamburgers, and hot dogs. Make sure the waitress knows your order though. It's a clean and popular place, but don't bother to get reservations.

    Favorite Dish: I had a great goat meat taco's a la carte. I also had a barbequed beef taco. The taco's appeared to be handmade and not too large. The salsa for the fresh made corn chips is as good as it gets--real roasted pepper flavor. I like the fresh Horchata too.

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    by Agraichen Written Mar 1, 2004

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    From the street, Jan's seems like the typical strip mall eatery...One step inside and you know you are either in the "right place - right time" or " right place - wrong time".....

    Jan's is (now) a respectable (former ? ) biker bar (from San Jose) that does host the occasional "ride" but is really trying to attract more of the local crowd, commuters and "tourists" just trying to get from Hwy 5 to 99 or vice versa.

    Frendily wait staff, great "bar" type menu and they are working on the draught's....(the local clientel still prefer bottles) so this place has my vote....

    Still, I'll be back next time I'm on 152 from 5 to 99 (or the other way); with the parking lot size this may become a stopping spot for the horse trailers from "Ram Tap" in Fresno.

    Favorite Dish: The Philly Cheese Steak was not my first choice, but my arm was twisted by the waitress and my wife....GREAT choice...this has to be the first time I've consumed an entire order without a scrap left over...

    The pulled pork with b-b-q was pretty good too. Maybe a lilltle too much sauce, but it was very tasty.

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Los Banos Transportation

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    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 27, 2008

    Interstate 5 is California's central transportation artery, connecting San Diego & LA with northern areas such as Sacramento through the San Joaquin Valley.

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