The Best Scenic Tours and Drives Near Fresno County
By MEGAN EILEEN MCDONOUGH
With year-round sunshine and fresh produce to boot, Fresno County makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Fresno County is unique in that it has the cultural appeal of a big city but the hospitable charm of a small town. Plus, Fresno is home to three of California's national parks—Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon—making it a dream destination for any thrill seeker. Whether it’s your first time or your 10th visit to Fresno County, these five scenic tours won’t disappoint.
Sequoia Sightseeing Tours
Can't get enough of those mesmerizing sequoias? You're in luck! Sequoia Sightseeing Tours lets visitors get up close and personal with these famous trees and the deepest canyon in the entire country. Tours take place inside both the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, and are led by guides fully versed in all things nature. In fact, many of these experts have spent a good chunk of their lives living and working in the parks. Small group sizes allow for a more personalized experience.
Sierra Fly Fisher Tours
Whether you're new to fly fishing or a complete pro, Sierra Fly Fisher Tours allows travelers to spend the day surrounded by nature. Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks are heavy hitters, as is Yosemite. Tours are customizable and ideal for individuals as much as they are for families, student groups or corporate events. Even if you don’t catch anything (although you probably will!), it’s the perfect opportunity to disconnect. Keep your eyes peeled for wild trout, rainbow fish and the elusive golden trout.
Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway
For a crash course in local history, drive along the Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway. Spanning 70 miles in total, the journey begins in Clovis, where there are ample opportunities for antiquing, shopping and historic walking tours. When you reach Huntington Lake, it’s time for some year-round adventure like horseback riding, skiing and mountain biking. One of the very best views along this route is White Bark Vista, where you'll see the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in all its glory, so don’t forget your camera!
Crossroads Tours & Limo
In the mood for a little pampering? Instead of being behind the wheel, take in the view from the passenger's seat. Crossroads Tours & Limo offers 100 percent custom tours, and is the only tour company of its kind servicing Yosemite National Park. Besides its “Luxury” tours, there are some more budget-friendly options such as the “Yosemite Valley Tour With Lunch” package or opt for the “Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Giant Sequoias”. Feeling adventurous? Test your limits with the optional four-mile hike.
Fresno County Blossom Trail/Fresno County Fruit Trail
The Fresno County Blossom Trail is an Instagram-worthy trip you won’t want to miss. The self-guided motor tour spans 62 miles, taking passengers by citrus groves, nut orchards, vineyards and more. The best time to visit is from late February to mid-March. Come May, the blossoms disappear and the trail transitions into the Fresno County Fruit Trail, where you'll see farmers selling their locally made honey, jams, nuts, baked goods and, sometimes, even artwork inspired by the vista.
Visit Fresno County, California’s year-round playground!