Fresno in California is an outdoor lover’s dream. The city boasts 75 urban parks, boulevards lined by shady palms, and three nearby national parks. It is California’s fifth-largest city and is home to as many as 80 ethnic nationalities. Originally, Fresno was born as a railroad town in the late 1800s and was built on the desert plains of the American West, framed by snow-capped mountains. Settled by farmers of the San Joaquin Valley, this California metropolis has become a modern commercial hub. Still, its real attraction is its proximity to the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, home to Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Stay in one of the boutique hotels the city has to offer to experience the full potential of Fresno, California.
The city is perfect for cultural exploration. A museum is always a good start. So why not visit the Fresno Museum of Art for their pre-Columbian Mexican textiles and Berkeley abstract expressionist exhibitions? Next up, stop by the gorgeous Kearney Mansion Museum. It was built by Fresno’s “raisin king” a century ago. Afterwards, visit downtown Fresno’s 300-acre Woodward Park and its miles of scenic river trails. In spring and summer, you can cheer for the Triple-A minor-league Fresno Grizzlies in Chukchansi Park. In late February, we recommend driving the 62-mile Fresno County Blossom Trail to catch the fruit orchards and citrus groves in full bloom.
When you are ready for a couple of drinks in the city as well as dancing, hit the Tower District. It was named after the neighborhood’s distinctive 1939 Tower Theatre. Nowadays, it is particularly popular thanks to its range of microbrews and the greatest California wines. All you have to do is pick one of the many buzzing cafes, nightclubs, and bistros and to spend a wonderful evening in Fresno.