The compact city of Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley of California is fast becoming a popular vacation destination. Traditionally, a handy stop-off for travelers on their way to the Sierra Nevada Mountains or Yosemite National Park, Fresno is now a bustling hub of culture and activities. Delight in modern art and street exhibitions, discover underground gardens, and satisfy your taste buds with some fine dining in the Tower District. Fresno has something for everyone.
If you have limited time in Fresno, head straight to The Tower District. This is the heart of the city dedicated to arts, entertainment, and delicious dining. With a variety of performing arts venues, theatres, galleries to whet your appetite, the district also serves up some unique dining experiences from locally run businesses. Spend your first evening in the city window shopping for some local treasures, go to a show or listen to a live band, or simply enjoy a well-earned vacation cocktail and watch the Californian world go by.
Fresno Art Museum is the only modern art museum between the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles and a must-visit for any art lover. Visitors can experience Mexican art dating from pre-Columbian times to the present day, stunning works by Chinese artist Hung Liu and the Head to Toe, which is a wearable art exhibition that showcases artworks using the human body as part of the final exhibit.
For a quirky experience in Fresno, head to Forestiere Underground Gardens. This hand-built labyrinth of underground rooms, passages, and courtyards is home to unique trees, shrubs, and vines, some of which some are over 90 years old. The temperature underground is managed to create ‘micro-climates’ to suit each botany specimen. The variation can be up to 30 degrees, so be ready to wrap up or shed some layers.
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is another popular spot among tourists and locals alike. Spend the afternoon wandering the park and discover some reptiles and animals from all over the world. The award-winning Sea Lion Cove is definitely worth a look during feeding time, when visitors can take part and toss some slippery snacks into the water for the resident sea lions.
Of course, you’re never very far away from the great outdoors in Fresno. The stunning views as well as hiking and biking trails of Yosemite National Park are just a three hour drive away. If you’d rather spend the afternoon in the wilderness, you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in a little over an hour.
Whether you want to explore Fresno in the comfort of your own car, or go on a road trip to some of California’s most beautiful National Parks, we have the right car for you. Just let us know your needs and budget and we’ll make sure your vacation runs smoothly from the moment you set off!