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 home to just over half a million people making it the fifth largest city in California and 34th in the nation. Located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is the Agricultural Capital of the World, and a must see city! There are many exciting activities visitors can enjoy when it comes to food, fun, and sports. 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.
Community Festivals are one of Clovis’ most exciting attractions. Among them are Big Hat Days, Clovis Fest, Clovis Rodeo and various antique and collectible fairs. Also, The Strawberry Jamboree and Old Town Farmers Market are popular and engaging events to attend. Old Town Clovis is a historic shopping district full of quaint antique shops and restaurants. 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. Just outside Coalinga at Interstate 5 is the renowned Harris Ranch Inn and Restaurant featuring locally grown award winning beef products. For more information, call the Coalinga Chamber of Commerce at (559) 935-2948, or visit www.coalingachamber.com.
Located along the San Joaquin River, Firebaugh is the first city established in Fresno County. Relive the city’s gold rush era history by picnicking at Riverside Park, sampling great ethnic food or staying at the historic Riverfront Inn. The Firebaugh area is known for tomatoes and melons and the city hosts a rodeo and other annual festivities. For more information, call the City of Firebaugh at (559) 659- 2043, or visit www.ci.firebaugh.ca.us.
Home to Champion Raisins, every October Fowler hosts the annual Fowler Fall Festival. The festival includes a parade, food, games and a festival queen. Fowler’s quaint downtown offers unique shopping and dining. The area boasts a number of raisin and nut packaging plants where tasting and gift packages are available. 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 6,800 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. Fresno, the county seat, is 60 miles north of Huron. For more information contact Huron City Hall at (559) 945-2241 or visit huronchamber.ca.
Gateway to the west side, Kerman’s downtown reflects its agricultural heritage and small town values. Shop in Kerman for locally grown raisins, almonds, pistachios, either plain or dipped in chocolate! Enjoy a picnic in the authentically restored Plaza Veterans Park. Stop at Helmuth Family Sausage for great food and unique gifts and be sure to visit Sun Empire Foods to sample the delectable locally grown products. 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 along with other annual events. Kingsburg’s downtown is known as the Swedish Village, featuring brightly colored Swedish architecture, Dala horses, Swedish flags and bay trees. Stroll through downtown and visit the many shops and restaurants featuring Swedish food, gifts and collectibles. For more information call (559) 897-1111 or visit http://www.kingsburgchamber.com/.
Mendota is home to the 99,300 acre Mendota Wildlife Area, the home of wild game and waterfowl abound. Sportsmen are attracted by the great hunting and fishing opportunities in this area. For more information call the City of Mendota at (559) 655-4298 or visit www.ci.mendota.ca.us.
Home to the scenic Orange Blossom Trail, this citrus region offers one of the prettiest and most fragrant portions of the trail. Orange Cove’s new skate park is one of the best on the West Coast. Also, Orange Cove hosts the Orange Harvest Festival each spring. The area is recommended for the beautiful countryside and citrus groves surrounding the community. For more information go to www.cityoforangecove.com/ or call the City of Orange Cove at (559) 626-5100.
Incorporated in 1921, the City of Parlier is nestled in the heart of the fertile San Joaquin Valley and is home to 14,692 residents. From its inception as an agricultural based community, it has transitioned to a growing diversified economy. For more information contact the City of Parlier at 559-646-3545 or visit www.parlier.ca.us.
Reedley’s charming brick-lined downtown features turn-of-the century buildings, housing unique restaurants and shops. Hand-crafted quilts are made and displayed at the famous Mennonite Quilting Center and the Reedley Museum features local historic artifacts and memorabilia. The restored Reedley Opera House hosts live theater and other events. Reedley Beach is a popular spot for swimming, tubing and rafting along the Kings River. For more information call The Greater Reedley Chamber of Commerce at (559) 638-3548 or visit www.reedleychamberofcommerce.com.
With a population slightly more than 4,000, San Joaquin is the smallest city in Fresno County. Surrounded by some of the richest and most fertile agricultural land in the Central Valley. San Joaquin is only 30 miles west of Fresno’s urban center. You will enjoy San Joaquin’s easy accessibility and friendly small town appeal. For more information call San Joaquin City Hall at (559) 693-4311.
Located in the heart of Blossom Trail and Fruit Trail country, Sanger is centrally located near Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, as well as a variety of agritourism venues where one can visit local farms, sample farm-fresh produce and tour local wineries. Visit Sanger’s unique Depot Museum and participate in the annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree each December. For more information call (559) 875-4575 or visit www.sanger.org.
Selma’s charming downtown has several shopping centers which offer a variety of unique shops and restaurants to meet your needs. The city hosts the Raisin Festival, Summer Concerts in the Park, Mariachi Festival, Parkin’ In the Park Car Show, the Rotary Marching Band Festival, Holiday Open House and the Santa Arrival/Holiday Craft Faire. Selma is conveniently located 16 miles south of Fresno in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley. 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!