Surrounded by nature, Fresno lies in the sunny San Joaquin Valley of the Golden State. As long as you know what to do and where to go in Fresno, you're guaranteed to have a fun getaway.
Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Fresno has the privilege of being in the vicinity of these sprawling National Parks. You won't have to go far from Fresno for a rejuvenating slice of nature.
Pop by Fresno Chaffee Zoo to check out their diverse collection of animals big and small. It's a safe haven for about 40 endangered species among others.
For a one-of-a-kind experience, visit Fresno's Frostiere Underground Garden. It's a subterranean network of passages and courtyards built with stone walls that are cool to the touch. And there's greenery around every corner.
Check out one of the biggest annual events of California - the Big Fresno Fair. A two weeks-long festival of carnival rides, horse races, concerts, performances and many fun exhibits attended by over 600,000 people!
The Shinzen Friendship Garden was built by the local Japanese-American community in honor of Fresno's sister city Kochi (Japan). Complete with bonsai trees and a pristine Koi pond, it makes for a serene stroll.
Don't forget to try Fresno's delicious tacos, which have been perfected over the years, since the city began its flirtation with Mexican cuisine.
Come spring, you must set off on Fresno's spectacular Blossom Trail. It's a pilgrimage alongside nature's wave of blooming almond, apricot and peach trees.
The San Joaquin Valley is known for its rolling vineyards, and Fresno has its fair share of them. Go on a wine-tasting tour that takes you around the county, as you explore the region's wines and challenge your palate.
For a kid-friendly outing, you should swing by Fresno's 'The Discovery Center'. It's a museum that offers educational workshops and interactive exhibitions geared towards making learning a fun experience.
Fresno is blessed with an abundance of farmers' markets. Its fertile valley soil has given birth to a burgeoning agriculture industry with a bounty of fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies available at fair bargains.
In case the Frostiere Undergound Garden wasn't enough to help you beat the heat, head over to Fresno's Island Water Park. There's nothing like a fun splash in the water to help cool off.
Fresno has its own take on New Orleans' Mardi Gras parades. Every year, a few streets in the Tower district are transformed by these colorful festivities.