Unique Photo Ops in Fresno County
By MEGAN EILEEN McDONOUGH
Get your smartphones at the ready! We’re rounding out Fresno County’s best lookout points and vistas because, let’s face it: Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Being home to parks like Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park and Woodward Regional Park means that there’s no shortage of waterfalls, tall sequoias, colorful birds and furry animals to gaze upon. Whether snapping envy-worthy photos for Instagram or simply taking a jaunt through nature, here are five of Fresno County’s best photo ops.
1. Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway
Technically, this includes an abundance of viewpoints, but the more the merrier, right? The Sierra National Forest has a few different highways leading into the forest and the Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway is one of the most picturesque. The journey starts in Clovis and ends in the Kaiser Wilderness in Sierra Canyon. It's best to take your time, though, and snap photos as you go. Make sure to spend a day at Shaver Lake, as there are few better places to revel in the great outdoors. This is one drive you’ll want to savor.
2. Fresno County Fruit Trail
People from all over the world come to experience this unique scenic self-guided trail,which is the staple of Fresno County’s agriculture industry. Spanning almost 90 miles, the Fruit Trail is lined with colorful peach, apple, plum, orange and nut orchards making it a beautiful spot for pictures. Once you finish taking pictures, stop by one of the local shops along the Trail such as Simonian Farms or Blossom Bluff Orchards where you can try some of the most delicious fruit you have ever tasted.
There’s no better way to spend a Friday night than with friends and family at ApCal’s Friday Night LIVE concerts–and the best part is that it’s free! From 6-10pm, ApCal gets the party started with amazing bands, so you can spend a summer night sipping delicious wine and dancing the night away. Bring a lawn chair and your appetite so you can enjoy one of Fresno County's finest food trucks. Be sure to take a break from dancing to snap a few pictures of the spectacular views of the vineyards surrounding the grounds at sunset.
4. Huntington Lake
At this year-round recreation area, it’s not uncommon to see water skiers and wake boarders don wetsuits against the 60-degree water, but most visitors are just fine in their swimsuits. In addition to campgrounds, hikes and picnic grounds, travelers can partake in other outdoor sports—sailing, swimming, fishing, windsurfing and horseback riding, to name a few. It's also home to the annual July Sierra Regatta, which has brought many Olympic medalists and national champions to the area. Still, if you're looking for a quiet escape from the city, this is your best bet.
5. Crystal Cave
Not all of Fresno County's viewpoints are under the sun, and that's actually part of its appeal. In fact, some are hidden almost entirely. Located deep within Sequoia National Park, Crystal Cave is adorned with marble polishing, subterranean streams and icicle-like stalactites. Before reaching the caverns, travelers must embark on a half-mile hike to the cave's entrance. Since Crystal Cave is only open to the public during the summer season, now is the perfect time to start planning your trip. Guided tours run daily, starting in May and concluding in late November. Choose between the 45-minute tour and the longer, four-to-six-hour adventure. Tip: the temperature of the cave remains at 48-degrees, so make sure to bring your sweater!
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