Fresno, CA

Travel Guide
Fresno featuring modern architecture
Nicknamed California’s Yearlong Playground, this city is a cultural hub, an outdoor destination and a popular stopping point en route to Yosemite National Park.

Fresno is the focal point of California’s Central Valley. The city is just 62 miles (99.8 kilometers) from Yosemite National Park, making it a popular destination on the way to the wilderness area.

Sample the region’s renowned wines and enjoy scenic landscape on a tasting tour at some of the many vineyards that surround the city. Fresno is also in the center of California’s agricultural belt, making it an ideal place to sample fresh local produce. Fruit stands and farmers markets abound most popular is the sprawling Vineyard Farmers Market, where growers gather every Wednesday and Saturday to sell their goods.

Watch a show at the historic Tower Theatre, located in the heart of the lively Tower District. Go shopping, see a movie or enjoy a meal at River Park. The complex is filled with stores and destinations suitable for the entire family.

Spend the afternoon exploring Forestiere Gardens, an underground compound of passageways, gardens and sculptures. Created by Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere, the network is reminiscent of Rome’s famous catacombs. Explore the interactive maze created by lush gardens and ornate architecture.

Give children a glimpse into the exotic animal kingdom at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Learn about unique species, participate in interactive exhibits and watch the creatures at play.

The Central Valley is known for hot summertime temperatures. Escape the heat with a day hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, located 30 miles (48.3 kilometers) east of the city. Yosemite National Park's nearness makes it possible to visit Half Dome and other natural wonders and return within one day.

The city is about a 3-hour drive from either Los Angeles or San Francisco. Fresno Yosemite International Airport offers limited service throughout the United States and is conveniently located in the city center. Explore the area by car or cycle in many bike-friendly neighborhoods.

Fresno offers warm temperatures and sunny weather throughout the year. Come explore “California's Yearlong Playground” to experience its diverse attractions.

Where to stay in Fresno

Fresno showing signage and theater scenes

Downtown Fresno

3/5(225 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown Fresno, Chukchansi Park and Saroyan Theatre are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown Fresno
The morning at Camp Tulequoia in the Sequoia National Forest.

Roosevelt

4/5(2 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Roosevelt, you can explore the larger area and discover places like The Big Fresno Fair and Selland Arena.

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Tower District

While Tower District isn't home to many top sights, Fresno Chaffee Zoo and 2nd Space Theater are some notable places to visit nearby.

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Fig Garden

While Fig Garden might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Fashion Fair Mall and Valley Children's Stadium.

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Edison

3.5/5(28 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Edison, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Fresno Regional Sport Park and Chukchansi Park.

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Pinedale

Pinedale is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can plan an outing to Riverpark Shopping Center and Woodward Park while you're in town.

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Hotel Piccadilly
Hotel Piccadilly
3 out of 5
2305 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA
The price is $86 per night from May 26 to May 27
$86
$98 total
includes taxes & fees
May 26 - May 27
Book a stay at this business-friendly hotel in Fresno. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (1,914 reviews)
"Best place to stay in Fresno Clovis! Its walkable, safe and friendly! Feels like a respite!"

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Hotel Piccadilly
Ramada by Wyndham Fresno North
Ramada by Wyndham Fresno North
3 out of 5
324 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA
The price is $73 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
$73
$83 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 2 - Jun 3
Book a stay at this business-friendly hotel in Fresno. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
6/10 (1,012 reviews)
Great Value! Wonderful Staff! A Must in Fresno!
"My stay at Ramada was wonderful! The staff was professional, accommodating and kind. My room was clean. The facility was safe and quiet. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The pool is fantastic and the courtyard charming at night with twinkling lights. The lobby features a most romantic ..."

Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Ramada by Wyndham Fresno North
Sonesta ES Suites Fresno
Sonesta ES Suites Fresno
3 out of 5
5322 N Diana St, Fresno, CA
The price is $132 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
$132
$156 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 2 - Jun 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Fresno. Enjoy free breakfast, a fitness center, and WiFi (surcharge). Our guests praise the breakfast and the ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"I really likes the breakfast and the heated pool"

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Sonesta ES Suites Fresno
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Spacious 4BD Home w EV charger near Sequoia Ntl Pk
Spacious 4BD Home w EV charger near Sequoia Ntl Pk
Visalia
Stay at this vacation home in Visalia. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden, and patios. Popular attractions Visalia Country Club and Rawhide Ballpark are located ...
9.8/10 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Nice House
"It was a good house, clean rooms, easy in and out. Needs just a few more items to round out the experience. More living room furniture and a few modest updates would make it 5 star."

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

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