Treasured 15 Cities
Welcome to Fresno County, where natural beauty meets rich heritage. Whether you are looking for a place to explore, unwind, savor or entertain, our Treasured 15 Cities have something for everyone in California's year-round playground!
Fresno is the fifth largest city in California and the metropolitan hub for the Central Valley. Located in the heart of California, Fresno is an agricultural center for the world. There is spectacular retail. restaurants, coffee houses and farm to table restaurants to be explored. The city is lined with trees and parks, with farmers market to visit any day of the week. Arts and culture are abundant in Fresno, and there is always something fun to do. Home to Fresno State University, Fresno holds all of the amenities of a big city, but enjoyed with small town ease. For more information, call the Fresno/ Clovis Convention & Visitors Bureau at (559) 981-5500.
Known as the "Gateway to the Sierras", Clovis is a city where visitors can find shopping, museums, restaurants and art galleries in the Old Town area. 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. Community festivals are one of Clovis' most exciting attractions. Among them are Big Hat Days, Clovis Fest, and various antique and collectible fairs. Come find out why locals here often say "Clovis is a way of life". For more information, call (559)299-7363 or visit www.clovischamber.com
Coalinga is one of the few cities in California that began as a mining boomtown, and recently celebrated its centennial in 2006. The R.C. Baker Museum features many local historic exhibits, including an extensive fossil collection, American Indian artifacts and antiquated oil-field equipment. The City is vibrant with community events held year-round including the Hot Air Balloon Festival in the fall and the Horned Toad Derby held Memorial Day weekend where you can enjoy a carnival, parade, and family-friendly activities. Visit Coalinga's local parks, green belts, trails, and vistas that give this beautiful area its natural appeal. For more information, call the Coalinga Chamber of Commerce at (559) 935-2948, or visit www.coalingachamber.com.
Historic Firebaugh is located along the San Joaquin River at the site of the 19th-century Gold Rush-era ferry crossing. Incorporated in 1914, Firebaugh was the first city established in Fresno County and is one of the oldest historical towns on the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley. Relive the city's gold rush era by enjoying a picnic at Riverside Park, or enjoying the rodeo and other annual festivities. Now, an agricultural based city, the Firebaugh area is well known for its tomatoes and melons. As well, a favorite of most visitors in this area is Mercey Hot Springs, with rich natural mineral pools and spas for pure relaxation. For more information, call the City of Firebaugh at (559) 659- 2043, or visit www.firebaugh.org
Every October, Fowler hosts the annual Fowler Fall Festival. The festival includes a parade, food, games and a festival queen. Fowler’s downtown offers unique shopping and dining. The area hosts a number of raisin and nut packaging plants where tasting and gift packages are available. An expansive farmland filled with lush grape vineyards, Fowler is a small community with a distinct "Americana" atmosphere. The weekly farmers market is worth a stop when visitors are in town. For more information call the City of Fowler at (559) 834-3869 or visit www.fowlercity.org.
The City of Huron lies in the San Joaquin Valley’s vast west-side region and is home to more than 7,000 residents. During the long harvest season from April to November, the city’s population increases to more than 9,000. The local economy is primarily based in the agricultural and ag-related industries. The Huron Farmer's Market is big draw every week, and family-owned businesses and restaurants can be enjoyed as well. For more information contact Huron City Hall at (559) 945-2241 or visit cityofhuron.com.
Gateway to the west side, Kerman’s downtown reflects its agricultural heritage and small town values. Kerman has an extensive parks system of over 47 acres of recreational area. Enjoy vineyards, raisins, almonds, pistachios, and many other delicious and locally grown items. Enjoy a picnic in Plaza Veterans Park, local restaurants, and shopping. The Annual Kerman Harvest Festival brings the community together for a parade, music, and entertainment for the entire family. For more information call (559) 846-6343 or visit www.kermanchamber.org.
Traditional Swedish heritage and culture is preserved in Kingsburg which annually hosts the Kingsburg Swedish Festival. This event is filled with entertainment, food and fun. It all begins on Friday night with a Swedish Smorgasbord. Start your Saturday morning with a traditional Svenska Pancake Breakfast. You can also see more of the Swedish Culture in the Swedish Cultural Village on Draper Street and discover many types of food, craft booths, and entertainment. Thsi is just one of many events, and Kingsburg's downtown Swedish Village promises charm and family fun all year-round and filled with specialty shops that are one of a kind. For more information call (559) 897-1111 or visit www.kingsburgchamber.com.
Mendota is home to the 11,800 acre Wildlife Area, the home of wild game and waterfowl abound. Wildlife species of particular interest which occur at this wildlife area include a variety of migratory waterfowl, pheasants, and several potentially occurring rare, threatened or endangered plants and animals. Nestled in the heart of California's Central Valley and located in Fresno County, the City of Mendota has much to offer its residents and visitors. Mendota's acclaimed Farmer's Market runs from June through September and draws numerous vendors and shoppers from across the valley. For more information call the City of Mendota at (559) 655-4298 or visit www.ci.mendota.ca.us.
Located along the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Orange Cove is home to hundreds of acres of orange and lemon citrus trees just waiting for you to sample their bounty. Late February to early March is the start of the Fresno County Blossom Trail, and this citrus region offers one of the prettiest and most fragrant portions of the trail. Orange Cove Skatepark is one of the best on the West Coast. Also, Orange Cove hosts the Orange Harvest Festival each spring. For more information go to www.cityoforangecove.com or call the City of Orange Cove at (559) 626-4488.
Agriculture is at the heart of this mall town, and has a long history of producing the nation's largest crops of grapes, raisins, and tree fruits. California's 7th largest winery is located in Parlier, where commercial wine business thrives. If you are looking for some of the freshest fruit and produce, then head to Parlier. For more information contact the City of Parlier at 559-646-3545 or visit www.parlier.ca.us.
Recreation is bountiful in the Reedley area. Water skiers, boaters, swimmers, and fishing enthusiasts find the scenic Kings River a paradise. The river winds through Reedley providing a natural beach and beautiful park areas. Reedley's brick-lined downtown features turn of the century buildings, housing unique buildings and shops. The restored Reedley Opera House hosts live theater and other events. Reedley is widely known to be the "World's Fruit Basket" due to the abundance of seasonal produce for you to enjoy. As well, you can find your fall pumpkins and holiday Christmas Tree here. For more information call The Greater Reedley Chamber of Commerce at (559) 638-3548 or visit www.reedleychamberofcommerce.com.
Legendary agricultural landscapes and vista of the nearby mountain ranges give San Joaquin an appeal to those who enjoy small towns. San Joaquin has some of the richest and most fertile agricultural farmland in the Central Valley. You will enjoy San Joaquin's easy accessibility, parks, diverse recreational facilities, and friendly appeal. For more information call San Joaquin City Hall at (559) 693-4311 or visit cityofsanjoaquin.org.
Sanger is centrally located near Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, and nestled in the heart of Blossom Trail and Fruit Trail country. Here you can enjoy a variety of farms, sample farm-fresh produce, and tour local wineries. As well, there is no shortage of great places to dine. Visit Sanger's unique Depot Museum and participate in the Trek to the Nation's Christmas Tree each December. For more information call (559) 876-6300 or visit ci.sanger.ca.us.
Selma is known to most as the "Raisin Capital of the World" and visitors can see why as they drive Highway 99 and view where most of the world's raisin crops grow. Selma's downtown offers a variety of unique shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. The city hosts the Raisin Festival featuring competitions, entertainment, carnival, food and craft booths. Selma hosts other seasonal events throughout the year that is sure to provide a variety of family fun opportunities. For more information call (559) 891-2235 or visit www.cityofselma.com.
Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake Areas
Shaver Lake is one of the gems of the Sierra, offering great fishing, camping and water-sport activities. The town center features unique shops, restaurants and bed-andbreakfasts, and hosts annual events featuring a wine walk and music. The local museum features historic exhibits, including the log flume that used to bring lumber from Shaver to Clovis. Up the hill from Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake’s alpine setting makes it a favorite for boating. Huntington is known as one of the finest mountain sailing lakes in the nation and hosts a large annual regatta sponsored by the Fresno Yacht Club. Nearby China Peak Ski Resort offers firstclass snow skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports.
Squaw Valley/Wonder Valley Areas
Located just outside Kings Canyon National Park, the small community of Squaw Valley offers picturesque amenities to travelers headed for both Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Visit the local Squaw Valley Trading Company for groceries, gas, gifts and tour the unique and beautiful Squaw Valley Herb Gardens (800-579-8043). Just beyond the hill and minutes from the national parks is Wonder Valley Ranch Resort (800-821-2801). The resort offers a full-service luxury experience in a beautiful rural setting, offering packages that include horseback riding, water sports, hiking and full conference facilities.
Come out and play in Fresno, California’s year-round playground!