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Note from Layla Forstedt, President/CEO Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau

Imagine yourself in the heart of California where you can find endless sunshine, breathtaking natural scenery and vast agricultural bounty. As the region’s largest metropolitan area, we have all the luxuries of a big city as well as intimate off-the-beaten-path treasures. Whether you are exploring one of the surrounding national parks, or immersing yourself in vibrant performing arts, you can discover yourself here. No matter how your adventure begins in Fresno County, you are guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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lourishing in the hub of California, Fresno County abounds with one-of-a-kind experiences and adventures. Three national parks—Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia—each stand within a 90-minute drive from Fresno or Clovis.

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To experience Fresno County is to see the most outrageous views, eat the freshest farm-to-fork cuisine, behold nature’s most inspiring miracles, and to explore the most curious underground dwelling, the Forestiere Underground Gardens. Your Fresno County adventure awaits!

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CONTENTS FEATURES

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Attractions

Whether you are in search of homegrown fun or curious encounters, pack your itinerary with this list of Fresno County attractions.

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Lakes and Rivers

Absorb the beauty and dive into the action at these Fresno County lakes and rivers.

National Parks

Witness some of the most breathtaking natural views in the world at Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

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Cities of Fresno County Uncover unparalleled experiences and attractions throughout Fresno County’s 15 ever-evolving cities.

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ATTRACTIONS UNEARTH ADVENTURE AT THE FORESTIERE UNDERGROUND GARDENS

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Forestiere Underground Gardens.


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Forestiere Underground Gardens

Have you ever seen a fruit tree growing from 20 feet underground? See this oddity, along with subterranean living quarters including a bedroom, patios, and passageways at the Forestiere Underground Gardens. This California State Historical Landmark was dug, chipped, and carved by one man over 40 years.

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FRESNO CHAFFEE ZOO

Take a seat and enjoy a show at one of the area’s many theaters, stroll through the Shinzen Friendship Garden, peruse the plethora of farmers’ markets, or hunt for antiques and locally made goods in Old Town Clovis. Settle back in a local cafe or feast at a farm-to-table restaurant. The Fresno County art scene is a brilliant reflection of the area’s diverse population, rich in culture. Meet local artists both wellknown and those just starting to discover their talent at ArtHop (taking place the first and third Thursday of each month). Visit the Fresno Art Museum, browse eclectic galleries, watch live art demonstrations, or

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visit one of the area’s cultural museums like Arte Americas or the African-American Historical Museum of the San Joaquin Valley. Feed a giraffe, touch a stingray, and watch sea lions dive underwater at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Check out its several new state-of-the-art exhibits. Later stop to chow down on a hotdog at Chukchansi Park as you watch the Fresno Grizzlies score. You may even strike a homerun of exploding entertainment by catching one of the season’s firework shows after the game.


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Castle Air Museum in Atwater

Castle Air Museum

Ever wonder what it’s like to tour Air Force One? Have the opportunity to sit in the aircraft used by Presidents Raegan and Clinton, as well as several VP’s and First Ladies. See a massive collection of planes dating back to pre-WWII to present— stretched across the museum’s 25 acres. Also visit the indoor museum on the grounds to see its collection of war-time memorabilia. Located in Atwater, Castle Air Museum is one of the largest aviation museums on the West Coast!

Clovis Museum

Blackbeard’s Family Entertainment Center

Explore the history of Clovis through a wide assortment of antiques and relics from as early as the late 19th century in the Clovis Museum located in Old Town Clovis. See original photographs of the town when it was first founded along with its first residents, as well as items like “the gun believed to be used in the 1924 Clovis First State Bank Robbery”.

Clovis Veterans Memorial District

Blackbeard’s Family Entertainment Center

Race in a go-kart, float in a Bumper Boat (prepare to get splashed!), hit a home-run at the batting cages, slide down a giant water slide, experience Xtreme Laser Tag, or putt around an interactive miniature golf course. You may want to brush up on your pirate lingo, because this fun-packed family entertainment center has a pirate twist—ahoy mateys!

The Clovis Veterans Memorial District’s mission is to provide a permanent living memorial honoring U.S. Military and Veterans; provide facilities and support programs to promote a legacy of service for preserving our community’s and country’s foundational ideals.

Dave & Buster’s

Eat, drink, and play at Dave & Buster’s in Fresno! All of your favorite video games are housed under one roof, along with delectable food choices galore and specially crafted drinks. Challenge your friends to a game at the billiards, or kickback and watch the big game on the massive TVs with stadium sound. visitfresnocounty.org

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Project Survival’s Cat Haven

The Haven promotes the conservation and preservation of wild cats in their native habitats. Visit the educational room onsite before seeing more than a dozen exotic and endangered cats up close. Choose from several unique tours including Private Guided Tours and Twilight Tours.

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Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

Kearney Mansion Museum

Xcape Room Fresno

John’s Incredible Pizza

No Surrender Laser Tag & Adventure Park

Take a step back in time and walk the halls of the turn-of-the-century home of M.Theo Kearney, the agricultural pioneer known as the “Raisin King”. The estate is located on the expansive 225-acre Kearney Park. Enjoy a festive holiday tour at the mansion during December, or check out one of the historically-themed events taking place on the estate throughout the year. There is a little (or a lot!) of something for everyone with an all-you-can-eat buffet stocked with freshly-made food ranging from a wide selection of pizza and fried chicken to desserts. Find a new slice of fun around every corner, with games to win big, thrilling rides like the Boogie Bump bumper cars, Laser Tag or bowling at Thunder Alley. Even the littlest ones can climb and slide on a playground for toddlers in Kiddie Land. There is incredible fun for everyone!

Fresno County Horse Park

Sitting on 140 acres of land on the southern bank of the San Joaquin River, the Horse Park is treasured by equestrians and horse enthusiasts both near and far. Check the Horse Park’s event calendar posted on its website to find its next dressage show or 3 Day Event (free for spectators to attend).

With a little bit of imagination, quickthinking and teamwork, you and your squad can experience an array of unique adventures ranging from finding hidden treasure to solving murders. Participants are placed in a themed room and work together to solve puzzles and detect clues in order to escape in a set amount of time.

No Surrender is a colossal, action-packed, indoor theme park. It includes Mission Based Laser Tag played in 17,000 square feet of multi-level space; an adventure course for ages 1 to 14, with trampolines, ball pits and basketball hoops; a ropes course, and an arcade with traditional and virtual reality games!

Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater

Take a seat and enjoy a show comprised of incredible local talent. While entranced by one of Good Company Players’ six annual musical comedies, enjoy carefully crafted cocktails, and best of all, an exquisite farm-to-table meal prepared by a local award-winning chef. Often the show will inspire a menu themed to complement the performance—now that is dynamic entertainment!

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Shinzen Friendship Garden

Perhaps there is no better place in Fresno County to witness the change in seasons, than Shinzen Friendship Garden. The pristinely-landscaped gardens offer an array of gorgeous natural views to admire from Ume Grove to the Koi pond beneath Double Moon Bridge, to the amazing reflection of colors seen on the surface of Woodward Lake. The Clark Bonsai Collection located within the Garden, offers its own unique experience, honoring the historical Japanese art forms.

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Storyland & Playland

Enter lands made just for play and lively fairytale encounters. In Storyland walk through an enchanting castle, see Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose and many more characters. Ride the Express Train through both parks with lots to discover along the way. From the carousel to Wonder Wheel, Playland is packed with thrills for every age.

Fresno Discovery Center

The interactive museum located on a park-like setting offers children (and adults!) endless opportunities for handson learning. See live animals in the Reptile Room, touch and tinker with several interactive displays, and examine Native American basketry as well as other artifacts up-close. Take a stroll through the Deutsch Cactus Garden, home to over 250 different kinds of cactuses and succulents. Be sure to meet the huge dinosaurs in front of the museum!

The Tower District

The Tower District is Fresno’s dining, arts, and entertainment district. The Tower’s character is set by a close-knit community and a wide variety of businesses. Restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, performing arts venues, theaters, galleries, bakeries, delis, plus a unique blend of specialty retail establishments are all within walking distance of each other, and most are locally–owned and–operated.

Wonder Valley Ranch

Wonder Valley Ranch Resort & Conference Center is a gorgeous all-inclusive resort located in the Sanger foothills just 35 minutes from Fresno’s airport. Its picturesque location is perfect for weddings, retreats, conferences, picnics,

and reunions. The resort features delicious meals and many activities to make your trip memorable. Activities include a 5-story-tall ropes course, guided horseback rides, archery, canoeing, and more! Wonder Valley is a short distance from Fresno, but a world away from the everyday!

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

Climb aboard the Logger Steam Train in an open-air or covered passenger car to travel back in time along the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. Have your pick of which narrated journey you will take. Choose from a one-hour or 30-minute trip in daylight, or the Moonlight Train Ride and BBQ adventure. The scenic excursion offers one-of-a-kind views through the Sierra National Forest, close by the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park.

San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust, Inc.

The San Joaquin River’s magnificence is preserved by the conservation efforts of the River Parkway Trust, which also provides education and recreation opportunities to enjoy the river. Stop by the River Center on the weekend to engage with exhibits, take advantage of one of the many recreational opportunities, or attend one of the lively events held by the Parkway.

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Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Experience the wild side of Fresno County when you visit Fresno Chaffee Zoo. The zoo is home to 190 species and state-of-the-art exhibits. African Adventure is a 13-acre, naturalistic mixed species exhibit featuring lions, elephants, cheetahs, white rhinos, and a giraffe feeding station. Touch the rays in the Stingray Bay and journey to the California Coast at Sea Lion Cove–one of the most unique and beautiful sea lion exhibits in the country.

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Sea Lion Cove at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

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SHOPPING

The Foundry in Old Town Clovis

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oundless retail choices for shoppers of every type await in Fresno County. Hunt for antiques, vintage pieces, and locally made goods in Old Town Clovis, the Tower District and downtown Fresno or shop the specialty shops in Fig Garden Village and Pavilion West. Find all the leading brands and largest retailers at Sierra Vista Mall, River Park and Fashion Fair Mall—home to more than 140 specialty stores all under one roof.

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Old Town Clovis

Sierra Vista Mall

Fig Garden Village

Pavilion West Shopping Center

The Square at Campus Pointe  

645 E Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93710  www.fashionfairmall.com   

790 W Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93704  www.shopfiggardenvillage.com   

Manchester Center

1901 E Shields Ave.   Fresno, CA 93726  www.thenewmanchester.com   

Marketplace at El Paseo 6587 N Riverside Dr.  Fresno, CA 93722  www.marketplaceatelpaseo.com   

456 Clovis Ave. Clovis, CA 93613  www.oldtownclovis.org   

2035 W Bullard Ave. Fresno, CA 93711  www.shoppavilionwest.com   

River Park Shopping Center 71 E Via la Plata  Fresno, CA 93720  www.shopriverpark.com   

1050 Shaw Ave.   Clovis, CA 93612  www.sierravistamall.com   

Shopping Areas

Fashion Fair Mall 

3090 E Campus Pointe Dr. Fresno, CA 93710  www.campuspointe.com 

Tower District

1295 N Wishon Ave.  Fresno, CA 93728  www.towerdistrict.org   

Villagio Shopping Center  7959 N Blackstone Ave.   Fresno, CA 93720 

Check the calendar for events at Sierra Vista Mall, like the Summer Concert Series—where concert-goers bring their lawn chairs, order a bite to eat from the wide selection of restaurants (including some of the area’s hottest new eats) and sit back to enjoy fantastic free entertainment .

Shop for antiques in Old Town Clovis

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Arte Americas: photo by Jessica Small

ARTS and CULTURE

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he Fresno County art scene is alive with the astounding talent of local artists and vast magnitude of art forms and styles of expression. Prepare to be inspired by work with boundless influences of cultures from all around the globe. The first and third Thursday evening of the month at ArtHop, artists and creators join together to showcase vivifying works. The event allows for personal encounters and inspiring conversations with local artists. Have the opportunity to plunge into the artist’s idea process behind a particular piece or grasp a deeper understanding of an art form.

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Fresno Art Museum Downtown Fresno Broadway Studios Chris Sorensen Studio Clay Hand Studios Fig Tree Gallery Historic Fresno Water Tower (on the National Register of Historic Places) M Street Art Complex North Fresno Door Art Gallery Gallery II Clovis

FoxTail Gallery McCoy’s Art Studio

Fresno Art Museum

Tower District Margaret Hudson’s Earth Art Studios Vernissage Modern Art Gallery Chris Sorensen Art Gallery

Arts and Culture

Behold the Area’s Rich Palette at these Art Galleries:


MURALS Downtown Fresno’s Mural District and Public Art

See the wall murals dripping with creativity in downtown Fresno’s Mural District, as well as the various sculptures and public works of art throughout downtown Fresno. Here are a few must-see creations to include in your itinerary:

Sheet Music Mural 1441 Fulton Street Central Fish Company 1535 North Kern Street F Street Mural 1029 F Street Fresno State of Mind 721 Broadway Street Rock and Roll Legends 1924 Tulare Street Bitwise Hive 2600 Ventura Avenue Broadway Studios, West Alley 1416 Broadway Street Fresno Postage Stamp Mural 1315 Van Ness Avenue M Street Art Complex Mural 1419 M Street Welcome to Fresno 746 Broadway Street Teatro Azteca Alley 835 F Street Xmen and Serpents 1832 Van Ness Avenue 20

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TRAVEL BACK IN TIME

Kearney Mansion Museum

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tep inside a 16-room Victorian mansion more than 100 years old at the Meux Home Museum or tour the historical Kearney Mansion sitting in the 230-acre Kearney Park. Take in mesmerizing works of art at the Fresno Art Museum with exhibits ranging from all types of styles and mediums. Expand your knowledge at the African-American Historical & Cultural Museum of the SJV, Arte Americas, or the Discovery Center—where kids can learn through play. Pay a visit to the home of Pulitzer Prize, Oscarwinning, writer, William Saroyan at William Saroyan House Museum— newly opened with modernistic features like a hologram of Saroyan to welcome you into his home where he resided his final 17 years.

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Museums

African–American Museum Arte Americas Castle Air Museum Clovis Museum Clovis Veterans Memorial District Fresno Discovery Center Fresno Art Museum Fresno Memorial Auditorium Kearney Mansion The Forestiere Underground Gardens The Meux Home Museum William Saroyan House Museum

FUN FACT

William Saroyan House Museum The home where Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winner William Saroyan spent his final 17 years is now the William Saroyan House Museum. Many landmarks in Fresno are named in his honor, including the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center’s William Saroyan Theatre. Castle Air Museum

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Warnors Theatre

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he area is brimming with local entertainers whose performances effortlessly captivate an audience. It’s also host to some of the biggest names world-wide. Check the entertainment lineup—packed with comedians and concerts to Broadway plays—at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center to see who is next to take the stage. Watch scintillating plays and musical performances at Fresno State or Fresno Pacific University. Also stay upto-date on the entertainment forecast at the Save Mart Center, Tower Theatre, Warnors Theatre, and Roger Rocka’s for upcoming, can’t-miss entertainment.

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Lakes and Rivers

DRIFT ALONG the

SCENIC ROUTE Absorb the Beauty and Dive into the Action at these Fresno County Lakes and Rivers

Hume Lake

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Shaver Lake: photo by Marc Bouldoukian

San Joaquin River - San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust

The San Joaquin River prominently flows through Fresno County as an important source of irrigation water for the famously rich and abundant farmland in the central valley. With the conservation efforts of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc., there are abounding opportunities to enjoy the river, whether choosing to partake in a water sport, discovering surrounding wildlife on a nature walk, or simply admiring its beauty.

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Lakes and Rivers

Shaver and Huntington Lakes

Find Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake northeast to Fresno and Clovis in the Sierra Nevada. Arrive at Shaver within an hour from the Fresno/Clovis area. Jet ski, canoe, water ski, wakeboard, or round up your friends and family for a good time of relaxing on a pontoon boat. If you don’t have your own, the area is stocked with businesses renting boats and other water sport equipment. To reach Huntington Lake from Shaver, take a 45-minute drive through the mountains and upon your arrival see the crisp, blue water and unbelievable views of the Sierra. Huntington is a lake-lovers haven to enjoy favorite water sports. For those who choose to enjoy the water from land, surrounding areas of both lakes are favored hiking destinations with excessive beauty to take in along a plethora of trails.

In Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Exclusively within the boundaries of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lay more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, along with 2,600 miles of rivers and streams. Among the most popular water bodies in Kings Canyon include Rae Lakes (the Rae Lakes Loop serves as a popular hiking trail) and most prominent—the Kings River. The Kings River runs throughout the park and is popular for fishing, kayaking and rafting (certain areas of the river are safer for sporting than others). Dependent upon the snowmelt, spring and early summer are the best times for recreational enjoyment. There are also several waterfalls in Kings Canyon National Park, including Grizzly Falls (with a picnic area) and Mist Falls (tucked deeper in the backcountry).

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Millerton Lake: photo by Marc Bouldoukian

Millerton Lake

Just 20 miles northeast of Fresno, sits Millerton Lake. Enjoy all your favorite water sports here, including boating, swimming and fishing. The area is also a hiking-hotspot for locals.

Courtright Reservoir Dinkey Creek Florence Lake Hume Lake Lake Thomas Edison Lost Lake Mammoth Pool Reservoir Mono Hot Springs Pine Flat Lake Fishing

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Embrace the Earth

Forestiere Underground Gardens Guided underground tours March thru November

California State Landmark No 916 5021 W. Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93722 Tel: 559-271-0734

www.undergroundgardens.com

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ACCOMMODATIONS Ambassador Inn & Suites 1804 W. Olive Avenue, Fresno 93728 559-442-1082 / ambassadorinnfresno.us

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson 6065 N. Thesta Street, Fresno 93710 559-435-5838 / radissonhotels.com

Americas Best Value Inn - Fresno Convention Center 2425 Merced Street, Fresno 93721 559-233-4896 / redlion.com/fresno

Courtyard by Marriott Fresno 140 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93710 559-221-6000 / marriott.com/fatch

Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Clovis 1616 Clovis Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-298-0775 / redlion.com

Days Inn by Wyndham Fresno Central 1101 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno 93728 559-892-1378 / wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn

Ayres Motel 2710 S. Orange Avenue, Fresno 93725 559-264-4815

Days Inn by Wyndham Fresno South 2640 S. 2nd Street, Fresno 93706 559-708-4698 / wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn

Best Budget Inn Fresno 7117 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93650 559-439-1384 / bestbudgetinnfresno.us Best Western Clovis Cole 415 Clovis Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-299-1547 / bestwestern.com Best Western Plus Fresno Airport Hotel 1551 N. Peach Avenue Fresno 93727 559-251-5200 / bwfresnoairporthotel.com

Days Inn by Wyndham Yosemite Area 6090 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93710 559-494-4750 / wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno Convention Center 2233 Ventura Street, Fresno 93721 559-268-1000 / fresnoconventioncenter.doubletree.com Econo Inn 1828 Broadway Street, Fresno 93721 559-233-7850

Best Western Plus Fresno Inn 480 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93710 559-229-5811 / bestwestern.com

Economy Inn Fresno 4290 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93726 559-227-4015 / economyinnfresno.com

Best Western Village Inn 3110 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93703 559-226-2110 / bestwestern.com

Extended Stay America – Fresno – North 7135 N. Fresno Street ,Fresno 93720 559-438-7105 / extendedstayamerica.com

Big Star Motel 2325 South G Street, Fresno 93721 559-237-1234

Fairfield Inn & Suites Fresno Clovis 50 N. Clovis Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-323-8080 / marriott.com/fatcv

Clarion Pointe Fresno-Yosemite 4061 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93726 877-474-6423 / choicehotels.com Comfort Suites Clovis 143 Clovis Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-862-1449 / choicehotels.com Comfort Suites Fresno River Park 102 E. Herndon Avenue, Fresno 93720 559-435-5650 / choicehotels.com

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Fresno Yosemite International 1535 N. Peach Avenue, Fresno 93727 559-825-5200 / marriott.com/fatap Fairfield Inn & Suites Fresno North/Shaw 1710 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93711 559-490-9000 / marriott.com/fatno Formosa Inn 4965 N. Forestiere Avenue, Fresno 93722 559-709-5118


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Gables Motel 2833 E. Church Avenue, Fresno 93706 559-237-7451

Homewood Suites Fresno Airport/Clovis 835 Gettysburg Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-292-4004 / clovis.homewoodsuites.com

Garden Inn & Suites 4949 N. Forestiere Avenue, Fresno 93722 559-277-3888 / gardeninnandsuites.com

Hotel Piccadilly 2305 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93711 559-348-5520 / hotel-piccadilly.com

Hampton Inn & Suites Clovis - Airport North 855 Gettysburg Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-348-0000 / clovissuites.hamptoninn.com

Hyatt Place Fresno 7333 N. Fresno Street, Fresno 93720 559-899-0400 / hyattplace.com

Hampton Inn & Suites Fresno 327 E. Fir Avenue, Fresno 93720 559-447-5900 / fresnosuites.hamptoninn.com

Kings Canyon Motel 4770 E. Kings Canyon Road, Fresno 93702 559-255-7877 / kingscanyonmotel.com

Hampton Inn Fresno Airport 1515 N Peach Ave. Fresno 93727 559-486-1532 / fresnoairport.hamptonbyhilton.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites Fresno Riverpark 330 E. Fir Avenue, Fresno 93720 559-449-0928 / wyndhamhotels.com/laquinta

Hampton Inn & Suites Fresno - Northwest 7194 W. Kathryn Avenue, Fresno 93722 559-276-9700 / fresnohwy99suites.hamptoninn.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites Clovis 1508 Clovis Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-291-9000 / wyndhamhotels.com/laquinta

Hilton Garden Inn Clovis 520 W. Shaw Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-299-2203 / hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com

La Quinta Inn & Suites Fresno NW 5077 N. Cornelia Avenue, Fresno 93722 559-275-3700 / wyndhamhotels.com/laquinta

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Clovis – Fresno Area 650 W. Shaw Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-297-0555 / hiexpress.com

La Quinta Inn Fresno Yosemite 2926 Tulare Street, Fresno 93721 559-442-1110 / wyndhamhotels.com/laquinta

Holiday Inn Express & Suites River Park 7115 N. Howard Street, Fresno 93720 559-577-1350 / hiexpress.com

Manchester Motel 3844 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93726 559-222-3054

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fresno South 2660 S. 2nd Street, Fresno 93706 559-237-7800 / hiexpress.com/fresnosouth

Motel 6 1087 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno 93728 559-268-0741 / motel6.com

Holiday Inn Express Fresno Northwest-Herndon 7191 W. Kathryn Avenue, Fresno 93722 559-277-0004 / hiexpress.com/fresno-herndon

Motel 6 Blackstone North 4245 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93726 559-221-0800 / motel6.com

HomeTowne Studios Fresno-West 3460 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93711 559-277-8700 / redroof.com/extendedstay/hometownestudios/

Motel 6 #4390 5021 N. Barcus Avenue, Fresno 93722 559-276-1910 / motel6.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton Fresno 6820 N. Fresno Street, Fresno 93710 559-440-0801 / fresno.homewoodsuites.com

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Motel 6 Blackstone South 4080 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93726 559-222-2431 / motel6.com

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ACCOMMODATIONS Motel 6 #8873 445 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno 93706 559-485-5019 / motel6.com

Residence Inn Fresno 5322 N. Diana Avenue, Fresno 93710 559-222-8900 / marriott.com/fatri

Motel6/Studio 6 6730 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93710 855-249-0891 / staystudio6.com

Rodeway Inn & Suites 4141 Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93726 559-540-2431 / choicehotels.com/rodeway-inn

Palace Inn 797 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno 93728 559-264-0589

Sands Motel 1441 N. Golden State Blvd Fresno 93728 559-497-1446

Parkside Inn Fresno 1415 W. Olive Avenue, Fresno 93728 559-237-2086 / parksidefresno.us

San Joaquin Hotel 1309 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93711 559-225-1309 / sanjoaquinhotelfresno.com

Parkway Inn 959 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno 93728 559-445-0322 / parkwayinnfresno.com

Sequoia Motel 4707 E. Kings Canyon Road, Fresno 93702 559-252-3646 / sequoiamotel.business.site

Piccadilly Inn Airport 5115 E. Mckinley Avenue, Fresno 93727 559-375-7760 / piccadillyairport.com

Sierra Inn 949 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno 93728 559-268-0363

Plaza Motel 1940 Broadway Street, Fresno 93721 559-268-3938

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fresno 6844 N. Fresno Street, Fresno 93710 559-431-0004 / springhillsuites.marriott.com

Quality Inn & Suites Fresno Northwest 5455 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93722 559-275-2374 / choicehotels.com/quality-inn

Summerfield Inn 6309 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93710 559-439-0320 / summerfieldinnfresno.com

Quality Inn Fresno Yosemite Airport 5113 E. Mckinley Avenue, Fresno 93727 559-375-7720 / choicehotels.com/quality-inn

The Hotel Fresno 3737 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93726 559-226-2200 / thehotelfresno.com

Quality Inn Fresno Near University 6051 N. Thesta Avenue, Fresno 93710 559-435-6593 / choicehotels.com/quality-inn

TownePlace Suites Fresno 7127 N. Fresno Street, Fresno 93720 559-435-4600 / towneplacesuites.marriott.com

Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center 1055 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno 93721 559-233-6650 / radissonhotels.com

TownePlace Suites Fresno Clovis 580 W. Shaw Avenue, Clovis 93612 559-251-7800 / towneplacesuites.marriott.com

Ramada by Wyndham Fresno North 324 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93710 559-224-4040 / ramadafresno.com

Travel Inn & Suites 1444 W. White Avenue, Fresno 93728 559-478-5447 / travelinnandsuitesfresno.us

Ramada by Wyndham Fresno Northwest 5046 N. Barcus Avenue, Fresno 93722 559-708-4880 / wyndhamhotels.com/ramada

Travelodge Fresno Convention Center 2127 Inyo Street, Fresno 93721 559-494-4816 / wyndhamhotels.com/travelodge

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Travelodge Fresno Yosemite Area 3876 N. Blackstone Avenue, Fresno 93726 559-229-9840 / wyndhamhotels.com/travelodge

Villa Motel 817 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno 93728 559-268-5371

University Inn Fresno 2655 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93710 559-294-0224 / universityinnfresno.com

Welcome Inn 777 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno 93728 559-237-2175 / welcomeinnfresno.us

University Square Hotel 4961 N. Cedar Avenue, Fresno 93726 559-224-4200 / universitysquarehoteloffresno.com

Wyndham Garden Fresno Yosemite Airport 5090 E. Clinton Way, Fresno 93727 559-494-4992 / wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham-garden

Vagabond Inn – Fresno 2570 S. East Avenue, Fresno 93706 559-486-1188 / vagabondinn.com/vagabond-inn-fresno Valley Inn Fresno 933 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno 93728 559-233-3913 / valleyinnfresno.com

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VISIT THREE NATIONAL PARKS IN ONE TRIP

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itness some of the most breathtaking natural views in the world at Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks—each within a 90-minute drive of Fresno and Clovis.

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The world-renowned views of Yosemite National Park are infamous for the steep granite cliffs, tremendous stretches of land filled with giant trees, and majestic waterfalls. From Glacier Point, see unearthly views of iconic landmarks like Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls (accessible by car late May through November). Explore the park to see other landmarks like El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls and the gorgeous Tuolumne Meadows.

For easy access to the park for all travelers, take advantage of YARTS (Yosemite Area Transportation System) a regularly scheduled, fixed route, public transit system that operates year-round. YARTS takes travelers into Yosemite, and allows passengers to safely enjoy the scenery in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus.

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A national park favorite for many national park lovers, Kings Canyon is treasured for its less-traveled, serene stretches of unbelievable and widely varied landscapes, with giant sequoias, crystal clear waters, green meadows, steep cliffs, and not to mention arguably the deepest canyon in the nation. Must-sees include Cedar Grove, Zumwalt Meadow, Roaring River Falls, Mist Falls, and the second-largest tree in the world, the General Grant Tree. General Grant stands 267 feet tall and has a base of nearly 29 feet. Known as the Nation’s Christmas Tree, there is a ceremony, “Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree” held by the Sanger District Chamber of Commerce each year on the second Sunday in December to honor this natural wonder.

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Sequoia National Park

Home to the largest known living single-stem tree by volume, the General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park is nothing short of extraordinary. In the Giant Forest, see the General Sherman, and stand amongst several other of the world’s largest trees. Climb 400 steps up the granite dome to the summit of Moro Rock, and see the peaks of the Great Western Divide, foothills and San Joaquin Valley to the west and deep wilderness to the east. The park includes even more unique features, like Crystal Cave, the Tunnel Log and the Giant Forest Museum.

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FARM-TO-TABLE IS OUR CULINARY SPECIALTY FRESNO COUNTY’S FARM FRESH BOUNTY

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resno County is a foodie wonderland bursting with freshly made farm-to-table cuisine and eateries offering food with influences from cultures all around the world. The tacos are so tasty visitors will be finding a way to pack them in their suitcases, along with the locals’ favorite savory tri-tip sandwiches.

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School House Restaurant & Tavern

The area has an abundance of unparalleled dining experiences, like at School House Restaurant & Tavern, tucked in the Sanger countryside, serving award-winning meals with fresh ingredients in a brick schoolhouse built nearly 100 years ago. Home to 1.88 million acres of the world’s most productive farmland, the area’s dining experiences take the term “farm-to-table” to unrivaled extremes.

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Revel in the taste of Fresno County with these celebrated restaurants serving dishes craved by locals. The Annex Kitchen

Known for its housemade pastas, the Annex Kitchen serves Italian-inspired cuisine influenced by the seasonal offerings of farmers throughout Central California. With a selection ranging from premium grilled meats to pizzas baked in a wood burning Acunto oven, you are bound to savor every last bite.

BJ’s Kountry Kitchen

Homemade taste is wrapped up in every bite of classic favorites like the Strawberry French Toast or Biscuits and Gravy. With each dish offering the best of “Kountry” cookin’, it’s a good thing portions are plentiful!

Civic Center Square

A bustling dining and retail hub, the picturesque Civic Center Square in downtown Fresno offers an array of tasty dining options from sandwiches to sushi all within walking distance. The Center, located directly across from the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall, is home to the weekly Market on Kern (every Wednesday from May to October).

Club One Casino

Choose from a wide variety of Asian, American and Mexican cuisine 24 hours a day, along with a full bar offering a wide assortment of craft beers, spirits and wines at casino-friendly prices. Whether it’s a quick lunch or relaxing dinner with friends, Club One is a tasty option in Fresno day and night.

This classic restaurant is a go-to favorite for many, serving traditional American food, as well as reinvented dishes with a fresh spin. Close to Manchester Shopping Center and downtown Fresno, this location allows for easy access for travelers on the go.

Ducey’s on the Lake

Overlooking Bass Lake enroute to Yosemite National Park sits Ducey’s on the Lake. One of Central California’s most respected dining establishments, enchanting views from the 120-seat dining room are matched with delicious steaks, fresh seafood and pasta, along with a diverse menu of dishes prepared with fresh California-grown ingredients.

Harris Ranch Restaurant

Experience the mouth-watering menu showcasing several award-winning dishes including the Pot Roast, Tri-Tip Sandwich, BBQ Beef Ribs, and many other selections all made from scratch with Harris Ranch Reserve Beef.

Me-N-Ed’s

Me-n-Ed’s isn’t just Central California’s favorite pizza, but it’s the pizzeria that prides itself on bringing people together. For over sixty years, families and friends have been eating Me-n-Ed’s pizza because of their quality ingredients and signature, cornmeal crust. And they keep coming back not only for their pizza, but their sandwiches, salads, appetizers and more.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

The steak dinner, done right! Ruth’s Chris specializes in custom-aged USDA Prime Midwestern beef – the finest 2% on the market – broiled exactly the way you like it to lock in the flavor. Each steak is seared to perfection, finished with butter and freshly chopped parsley and served sizzling on a 500-degree plate. Ruth’s award-winning wine list features over 200 labels, handpicked from around the world, plus a large selection of premium wines by the glass.

Sal’s Mexican Restaurant

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with local ingredients for almost any type of meal, or grab a bite at The Grill— known for its delicious tri-tip sandwiches along with savory housemade sides.

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longstanding, family-friendly restaurant with locations in Fresno and Selma, serves delicious authentic Mexican cuisine. Dine in one of the restaurants (with the Fresno location serving as a great option for hosting events) or order flavorful and plentiful portions to cater your next event.

School House Restaurant & Tavern

In a nearly 100-year-old brick schoolhouse, tucked away in the countryside of Sanger, sits the School House Restaurant & Tavern. The charming restaurant serves ingredientfocused, new American cuisine with a modern twist. Its location along the Fresno County Blossom and Fruit Trail, makes it the perfect dining destination for travelers exploring the area’s majestic scenery.

Legends Tap House & Grill

Choose from a delectable menu of palatepleasing eats offered for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals pair harmoniously with the beautiful view of the lake just outside the restaurant—where two swans are known to be seen enjoying the water.

The Meat Market

Fresno County is known for its delicious tritip and The Meat Market is a perfect place to find this local staple! Visit either the Fresno or Clovis location to shop the store stocked

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Gazebo Gardens

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Fresno County Blossom Trail and Fruit Trail

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With a driving path of more than 60 miles, and an explosion of fluttering petals in awe-inspiring shades of pink and white, the wondrous trail draws travelers from all over the globe. Exact timing of the Fresno County Blossom Trail is dependent upon each winter’s weather, however it typically begins the end of February and wraps up by early April. In celebration of this magical scene, there are bunches of festivals and special events, including a 10k and the Kings River Blossom Trail Bike Ride. The celebration continues into October during The Big Fresno Fair, with the Blossom Trail Art showing. Choose to take selfies or professional family photos with an almost make-believe backdrop, walk through the ocean of color, sit back and enjoy the leisurely drive with nothing but petals in sight, or enjoy the view from one of the several stops along the trail—including Simonian Farms, School House Restaurant & Tavern, Circle K Ranch, or Hillcrest Farm.

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Each year more than 1 billion dollars’ worth of almonds— the county’s number one crop–are grown in Fresno County.

With the end of blossom season, and in what seems to be the blink of an eye, a new trail—the Fresno County Fruit Trail is brought into fruition. Where there was once a delicate blossom, there is now a delicious piece of fruit. Drive along the same country roads to experience an entirely new scene. Engage in the multi-sensory experience by purchasing the newly-picked fruit and other locally produced goods at the many stops along the way. It’s a farm-to-table experience like no other!

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FARMERS MARKETS FOOD IS ALWAYS FRESNO COUNTY FARM FRESH

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o experience Fresno County is to taste the sweetest melt-in-your-mouth peach, to crunch into the crispest vegetables, and to inhale the aroma of the most fragrant strawberries.

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River Park Farmers’ Market

Fresno County embodies the meaning of farm-to-table cuisine and the area’s plethora of farmers’ markets allows for the opportunity to purchase the freshest produce directly from an abundance of growers, all at one location. With the area serving as an agricultural powerhouse, farmers’ markets are a celebration of its proud farming heritage. Many of these events include food trucks, music, a diverse selection of artists and vendors, as well as special events with themes of a specific produce or type of fare. Marvel at the harvest’s recent offerings at one of the markets featured on VisitFresnoCounty.org

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Simonian Farms

Take home a taste of Fresno County by shopping the locally produced offerings at one of these specialty markets.

all grown and produced at their nearby mill. Enzo’s Table is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am-6pm and on Sunday from 9am-5pm. Shoppers can enjoy a variety of food truck fare every weekend from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Circle K Ranch Country Store

Simonian Farms & Simonian Farms Old Town

Stop by the Circle K Ranch Country Store and have your pick of the cornucopia of produce offered, including fresh tree fruit and grapes (May through November), Jumbo raisins, almonds, walnuts, pistachios and a plethora of dried fruit. Find beautifully packaged arrangements to take home or give as a special gift to share the farm fresh taste of Fresno County. Circle K Ranch is a family-owned and – operated family farm, established in 1946.

Enzo’s Table

Visit Enzo’s Table in Clovis and discover a bounty of organic fruits, nuts and produce straight from the Ricchiuti’s fourthgeneration family farm. Shop awardwinning pantry staples like organic olive oils, balsamic vinegar, pestos and jams,

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Fresno County has some of the most productive farmland in the world--and Simonian Farms is a dynamic way to explore its agricultural bounty. The market houses over 180 varieties of fruits and vegetables and is home to one of the largest displays of Jumbo Raisins, dried fruit, and nuts in California. The popular attraction for tourists and locals is also packed with fun for the family, with its Old Town, an interactive western themed town museum. Stop by for a scoop of Fresno State ice cream, shop the old fashioned soda pop & candy store, mine for gold, and taste some of the most premium produce grown in the world.


The Vineyard Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKETS Market on Kern (in Downtown Fresno)

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Two Cities Coffee Roasters

COFFEE SHOPS and BAKERIES A Blend of Brews and Blissful Bakes

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A local favorite is Kuppa Joy Coffee (its motto “Love God. Love People. Love Coffee.”). Best known for its signature “Kuppa Joy” served hot or cold, its several locations include cafés in the Fresno High area (near the Tower District) and Old Town Clovis. The local coffee shop scene is thriving in Old Town Clovis as you will also find On the Edge Coffee House–often hosting live music performances on the back patio, and Two Cities Coffee Roasters, offering up great- tasting treats to pair with your drink of choice. In the Tower District, check out the newly opened, eclectic Hi-Top Coffee and pick up some local merchandise, or The Revue, which often hosts intriguing local events. Nearby in downtown Fresno, find your perfect blend at one of its several local shops. Searching for some freshly baked goodness? Fresno County has a full batch of irresistible bakeries. Try incomparable freshly made pastries at La Boulangerie in Fig Garden Village. In downtown Fresno, feast upon the 8-inch cinnamon rolls served at Libelula or delight in the irresistible assortment of choices at Valley Lahvosh Baking Company. Find baked indulgences both newly-invented and those serving as edible capsules of heritage, a reflection of the area’s cultural diversity.

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Engelmann Cellars

FRESNO COUNTY WINE JOURNEY and MADERA WINE TRAIL Calming country views and charming boutique wineries with intimate feels.

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Approximately one-fifth of the total wine grapes grown in California are grown in Fresno County. This makes the area one of California’s top destinations for wine lovers, with about one dozen wineries along the Fresno County Wine Journey (also including two breweries and a distillery). Most are family-owned and–operated, allowing for meaningful encounters with the winemakers themselves. Wineries along the Journey host special events throughout the year. Attend lively concerts during the summer months, spirited grape stomps, unmatched dinner adventures, and tasting events including the Wine and Chocolate Lovers Weekend and Fall Harvest Wine Journey. Experience the neighboring Madera Wine Trail within minutes of Fresno County’s borders. Taste award-winning wines, and soak in the spectacular vineyard views. Stop by the many tasting rooms to savor the wide variations of delicious flavors. One must-stop is Quady Winery, known for their sweet and aperitif wines from varieties and in styles hard to find anywhere else. Sip Quady’s internationally recognized brands in its intimate tasting room while conversing with knowledgeable staff.

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A summer night concert at Engelmann Cellars.

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f you are the crafty type, bring along your growler because you will be putting it to good use when visiting Fresno County. Hit the Downtown Fresno Brewery District’s large concentration of breweries—including the locally-loved Tioga Sequoia Beer Garden, often hosting an eclectic and well-attended mix of events. Don’t forget to have your Ale Trail passport stamped! Hop on over to other taprooms in the Fresno area like Tap & Cellar or House of Pendragon Brewing Co. in Clovis. Join the locals at Gazebo Gardens on Thursday through Saturday nights—plant nursery by day, beer garden by night!

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When the Sierra Nevada welcome snow fall, many jump at the opportunity to enjoy the destination’s fresh powder on skis or snowboard. China Peak, near Shaver Lake, is a local hotspot for hitting the slopes. Offering 1,700 feet of vertical and exhilarating views of the High Sierra, there are opportunities for snow-goers with skill levels at every end of the spectrum. To experience something slightly less main stream, try a snowshoeing walk through Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks! Ranger-guided, two-hour, one-mile tours are offered on weekends when weather/conditions permit.

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Chukchansi Park

The Sport of Spectating

Head Downtown to Chukchansi Park to catch a Fresno Grizzlies Minor League Baseball game or watch extreme equestrian skills at Fresno County Horse Park. Partake in tailgating festivities, then cheer on the Fresno State Bulldogs football team at Bulldog Stadium. Watch the Fresno Monsters hockey team score on the ice, or feel the hometown spirit at a Fresno State basketball game. Several widely-attended annual sporting events occur throughout the year, like events hosted by the California Interscholastic Federation, such as the CIF State Cross Country Championships in November, or the time-honored Clovis Rodeo.

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Recreational Sports in California’s Year-Round Playground

Experience the thrill of white water rafting down the Kings River, splash in the cool waters of Fresno County’s lakes, or kayak in the San Joaquin River. BMX race at Woodward Park, skate in the Orange Cove Skate Park, race in a 5k, or reach new heights at an indoor rock climbing gym. Mild weather and plenty of sunshine create the ideal destination to golf at one of the area’s gorgeous golf courses. Take a hike on one of Fresno County’s trails, ranging from rugged and adventurous in one of the three national parks surrounding the area, to a familyfriendly nature walk hosted by the San Joaquin River Parkway, or explore another one of the area’s many trails.

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he 15 ever-evolving cities encompassing Fresno County each offer unparalleled experiences and attractions to explore. Here is a sampling of the can’t-miss communities to take in.

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FUN FACT

If Kingsburg’s Swedishcoffee-pot-shaped water tower were filled with coffee, it would hold 1.28 million cups.

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CLOVIS Known as the “Gateway to the Sierras”, Clovis is a city where visitors can find eclectic shops, farm-to-table dining selections, and the western-themed Old Town. Cycling, hiking and jogging trails encircle Clovis making it the perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Springtime brings the century-old Rodeo to town and the summer months bring out the Friday Night Farmers Market with live music and dozens of food and produce vendors. Feel the charming spirit of the town at one of its many community festivals including Big Hat Days, ClovisFest, and many antique and collectibles fairs.

COALINGA Celebrating its centennial in 2006, Coalinga is one of the few cities in California that began as a mining boomtown. The R.C. Baker Memorial Museum with exceedingly positive reviews from travelers, features many local historic exhibits that feature everything from an extensive fossil collection to American Indian artifacts and antiquated oil-field equipment. The city is vibrant with community events held year-round, including the Hot Air Balloon Festival and the Horned Toad Derby held Memorial Day weekend where you can enjoy a carnival, parade, and family-friendly activities.

FOWLER Fowler is home to some of the Valley’s most well-known produce packing facilities. The downtown offers unique shopping and dining—with locally-owned restaurants having a multitude of raving reviews. Experience the magic of Fowler’s small town feels at the weekly farmers market, which reflects the town’s expansive and dense productive farmland.

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FRESNO Fresno is the fifth largest city in California and the metropolitan hub of the Central Valley. As an agricultural center for the world, eat the freshest farm-to-table food offered within the city’s thriving culinary scene. Home to California State University Fresno, Fresno offers big city amenities with a small town feel.

KERMAN See miles of pistachio and almond orchards in Kerman as well as many other crops growing in the area. The town has an expansive parks system of more than 47 acres of recreational space. Many retail and dining options are popping up in the area. Try The Den Smokehouse & Brewery and favorites like Cecilia’s Restaurant. Many delightful events are organized by the Kerman Chamber of Commerce throughout the year, such as the Fireworks Extravaganza, Kerman Harvest Festival & Parade and the Pageantry of Lights Christmas Parade.

KINGSBURG A charming Swedish themed town, downtown Kingsburg offers a variety of sensational restaurants, cafés and specialty shops including Svensk Butik Gift Shop. The shop is packed floor to ceiling with Scandinavian items, as well as some locally sourced goods. The town holds the well-known Swedish Festival each year and an incandescent Santa Lucia Festival. Visit downtown Kingsburg during the holidays and see the town’s massive Christmas tree in the center of Draper Street, while you procure one-of-a-kind gifts. Kingsburg Historical Park is a must-see, especially for those traveling with little ones. Be sure to check out the water tower shaped like a Swedish coffee pot!

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REEDLEY The scenic Kings River winds through Reedley, creating a natural beach and beautiful park areas. The river also allows for ample recreational opportunities, including water skiing, boating, swimming and fishing. It’s a stop along the Fresno County Blossom Trail—with Hillcrest Farm offering beautiful views of the blossoms from its Blossom Trail Train operating on the farm. Reedley has a thriving downtown and is home to the restored Reedley Opera House.

SANGER Nestled in the heart of the Blossom Trail and Fruit Trail, the area is concentrated with premium dining options. Sip and see the surroundings while enjoying the many top-notch wineries located here. Trek to the Tree, hosted by the Sanger Chamber of Commerce, is a nationally recognized event, which celebrates the Nation’s Christmas Tree, the General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park.

SELMACOALINGA Selma is known to most as the “Raisin Capital of the World”. Allow your eyes to feast on the vast farmland as you drive Highway 99 and see the vineyards where the raisin crops grow. Stop for a meal at the original Sal’s Mexican Restaurant established in 1942 by a local farmworker— and taste the rich history with every bite of the authentic Mexican food. Selma also has a bustling downtown with the Selma Arts Center offering riveting performances.

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FRESNO COUNTY’S BOUNTIFUL FARMING TOWNS

Several quaint farming towns are the result of the boundless stretches of farmland throughout Fresno County. In the agricultural-driven towns of Firebaugh, Huron, Mendota, Orange Cove, Parlier and San Joaquin sits farmland with some of the richest soil and most scenic country views-resembling a patchwork quilt when seen from above. From Mercey Hot Springs in Firebaugh, Mendota’s designated title as “Cantaloupe Center of the World” to the seventh largest California winery based on total production volume operating in Parlier, these small towns are celebrated Fresno County gems.

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BIG FRESNO FAIR

October

Attend the concert of a popular music artist, make your best bet at the live horse races, enjoy free animated entertainment, tour one of the many museums and exhibits, ride the Ferris wheel, play carnival games and eat extraordinary fair food—all within one day! Taking place two weeks each October, with more than 600,000 people passing through its gates, the Big Fresno Fair is the fifth largest fair in California. Several aspects of the massive event reflect Fresno County’s agricultural heritage and farming livelihood. The Agricultural Building showcases incredible produce on displays representing several Fresno County cities, while the Livestock Pavilion allows the opportunity to meet and learn about animals, from cows and sheep to ducks and rabbits! One-of-a-kind events like the Annual Fall Wine Festival and Brew Fest also take place during the fair, featuring dozens of local wines and brews and the valley’s best food trucks!

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October

See massive multi-colored hot air balloons come to life, and float through the sky at the annual ClovisFest & Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly in October. View balloons up-close at the Clovis Rodeo grounds, before they drift off into the air just after sunrise. Following the launch, ClovisFest—spanning 12 city blocks–is just getting started, featuring over 200 craft and commercial booths, live music and performances, the International Village, Beer Garden, and no shortage of enticing food choices.

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CLOVIS RODEO

April

A signature Fresno County event, the Clovis Rodeo is the best of country living all wrangled up into one huge occasion. One of the top five rodeos in California, it is part of the ProRodeo/Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Tour. Events Include Professional Bull Riding, PRCA performances, jackpot roping and celebrity roping events. The rodeo action is accompanied by concerts, rodeo parade, dances, and some of the best tri-tip you’ll ever taste. The Clovis Rodeo is attended by more than 40,000 and takes place the last weekend in April.

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The student-run Fresno State event takes place on campus each spring. It is known for the array of vendors selling locally made goods, as well as the live entertainment lineup with performances throughout the day. It is an event for the entire family, as there is something fun for everyone—including Kids Zone, packed with mini adventures like pony rides, inflatables and more! Take advantage of all the photo opportunities to be had with Fresno State mascots, enjoy food and game booths hosted by student organizations or kick back in the beer and wine garden.

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HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES Miles of streets brightly lit with sparkling lights, horse-drawn carriage rides, parades, and small town celebrations, make Fresno County a magical place to experience the holidays. The widely popular Christmas Tree Lane in the historic Van Ness Boulevard neighborhood in Fig Garden is a nearly 100-year-old Fresno County tradition. Two miles of homes are intricately decorated for the holidays, with trees and branches arched over the boulevard bejeweled with streams of lights. During the season the historic street is open one-way and closed to traffic two nights during December for “walk-only” nights.   Delight in the season while shopping local in Old Town Clovis. Admire the beautifully decorated town while riding in a horse-drawn carriage.

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Attend the Downtown Fresno Christmas Parade alongside thousands of merry spectators and watch the marching bands, entertainers, and dozens of floats pass by.  See classic small town communities, like Reedley and Kingsburg, join together in charming celebrations with parades, and downtown Christmas tree lighting ceremonies. Perhaps the most notable holiday tradition in Fresno County, is the annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree hosted by the Sanger District Chamber of Commerce. The General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park, was named the Nation’s Christmas Tree in 1926. The second Sunday of December, a ceremony is held to recognize this natural treasure, with song, prayer, and a wreath placed at the base of the tree.

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ON THE GO IN FRESNO Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Enjoy your travel more at Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT). The Central Valley’s largest commercial airport offers nonstop flights to major cities with connections worldwide. Skip the long drive, parking shuttles and long wait times. It’s that easy. Amenities include on-site car rentals, popular rideshare and taxi options, Electric Vehicle charging, restaurants serving local craft beers and wines, two Starbucks locations, and gift and news shops for your last minute travel needs. The Arts Lounge provides a quiet space to relax before your flight and enjoy exhibitions created by local artists. Travel made easy, convenient and fast. www.flyfresno.com

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Amtrak – Arrive in Fresno County stress free with Amtrak San Joaquins. The station offers transportation from distances all over California to bring you straight in to the heart of Fresno in roomy, air-conditioned passenger cars with no middle seat. Enjoy amenities like free parking, Wi-Fi and checked baggage, as well as electrical outlets at every seat, and dining and beverage options. All Amtrak San Joaquins trains are ADA accessible, and service animals are welcome aboard. Fresno’s Amtrak station is open seven days a week and is easily reached by all three of Fresno’s major freeways.

On the Go in Fresno

Check out these transportation options to adventure through Fresno County with ease:

Classic Charter – Choose from a well-appointed fleet of vehicles, from a double decker motor coach to Lincoln SUVs or shuttle vans. There are accommodations available from one to 81 passengers. Crossroads Tours – Crossroads Tours offers tours of Yosemite, Sequoia, & Kings Canyon National Parks. With their fleet of small SUVs to a 25 passenger bus they can offer small groups as well as private tours of any size. Crossroads Tours offers transportation services in the area including Agriculture Tours in a Small Bus. Crossroads brings many people from San Francisco and Los Angeles area by road, Amtrak, and small planes/helicopters to the Sierra Nevada area to visit the beautiful national parks. They have a Triple Crown Jewels National Parks Tour which is a 3 day tour of one national park tour each day. VIA Trailways – Enjoy a comfortable trip in the bus of your choosing—from a Luxury Coach Bus to Mini Bus. VIA is committed to offering safe and reliable transportation for your group.

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Barthuli & Associates

DiBuduo & DeFendis

Big Fresno Fair

Ducey's Restaurant at the Pines Resort

BJ's Kountry Kitchen

Electric Motor Shop

Blackbeard's

Enzo Olive Oil Company

California Restaurant Association Fresno Chapter

Fansler Foundation

Castle Air Museum Foundation

Forestiere Underground Gardens LLC

Circle K Ranch / Circle K Fancy Pack

The Fresno Bee

Civic Center Square

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Classic Charter

Fresno Chamber of Commerce

Clovis Chamber of Commerce

Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center

Clovis Museum

Fresno County Horse Park

Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building

Fresno Discovery Center

Club One Casino

Fresno Escape Room

Crossroads Tours

Fresno Historical Society

CSU Fresno Association

Fresno Pacific University

Dave & Buster's

Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Demera, Demera & Cameron

The Grand 1401

Denny's Restaurant

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San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc.

Johanson Transportation Service

School House Restaurant & Tavern

John's Incredible Pizza Co.

Shinzen Friendship Garden

Legends Tap House & Grill

Shop-N-Go

Madera Vintners Association

Sierra Vista Mall

McKneely Law Firm

Sierra West Warehouse LP

Me-N-Ed's Milano Restaurant Int'l Corp.

Sumner Peck Ranch Fruit Stand

The Meat Market

Sun-Maid Growers of California

Mid Valley Packaging & Supply

Tower District Marketing Committee

No Surrender Laser Tag & Adventure Park

United Security Bank

The Old Spaghetti Factory

VIA Trailways

Pardini's Catering & Grille

Vineyard Farmer's Market Association

Producers Dairy

The Vineyards

Quady Winery

Vintners and Distillers of Fresno County

Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater

Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Wonder Valley Ranch Resort & Conference Center

Ruth's Chris Steak House Catering

Xcape Room Fresno

Sal's Mexican Restaurant

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

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ore than 10,000 hotel rooms, approximately 300 days of sunshine annually, central California location, direct flights to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, and big-city amenities at lower rates, make Fresno County the ideal place to host your meeting or event. Home to state of the art sporting venues, the area is a grand slam for sporting events.

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Contact the sales team at the Fresno/ Contact Fresno/Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau for assistance with: • Distributing RFP’s to qualified hotels.

Booking Convention Center and other meeting spaces.

Conducting personalized site and city tours.

Arrangements and recommendations for event services.

Also contact our office for visitors guides, brochures, and other special items to welcome folks from out of the area to Fresno County. After each event our office conducts a thorough report of room nights, and is happy to provide an event report upon request.

Local Experts

Our staff serves as a resource in finding just the right Fresno County experiences for you and your guests. Email info@fresnocvb.org or call 559-981-5500 to get in touch with someone from the FCCVB team.

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