Fresno is located in the center of the San Joaquin Valley of Central California, approximately 200 miles north of Los Angeles, and 170 miles south of the state capital, Sacramento. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 510,365, making it the fifth largest city in California, the largest inland city in California, and the 34th largest in the nation. Metropolitan Fresno has a population of 1,107,416 and home to 80 ethnic nationalities. The name Fresno is the Spanish language word for the ash tree, and an ash leaf is featured on the city's flag. Fresno is the financial, industrial, trade, and commercial capital in the Central San Joaquin Valley. This dynamic city is the hub of a region rich in heritage, resources, and people.
In spring and summer, root for the Triple-A minor-league Fresno Grizzlies in Chukchansi Park or wander the 300-acre Woodward Park and its miles of scenic river trails. For shopping visit The Shops at River Park, an entertainment oriented outdoor shopping center anchored by the Edwards 21 Stadium Theatre or stroll the flower-lined outdoor Fig Garden Village and fine unique one of a kind shops. Appreciate art at the The Fresno Art Museum or visit the subterannean caverns, grottos, and patios of the Forestiere Underground Gardens.
Spend an evening at the Fresno Philharmonic, one of the leading cultural organizations in the central San Joaquin Valley or have dinner and a show at Roger Rocka's Dinner Theater. Hit the Tower District to enjoy locally produced microbrews at Sequoia Brewing or California wine in buzzing cafes, nightclubs, and bistros. The Deco theater at the neighborhood’s heart is now a performing-arts space, hosting rock bands and comedy acts. If you’re craving a classic neighborhood pub, join the locals at Livingstone’s Restaurant and Pub or catch live music at Toyko Garden or Save Mart Center.
Fresno is right in the middle of California’s agricultural heartland, where farms and orchards dot the countryside. The culinary scene reflects Fresno’s zesty cultural diversity. Look for good and fast taco joints like Taqueria Don Pepe’s where you can have authentic al pastor tacos and spicy shrimp burritos, or full-service Mexican like Sal’s Mexican Restaurant for their signature “Fancy Burrito” and endless chips and salsa. If you are in the mood for sandwiches visit the old-school Italian Sam’s Italian Deli and have their hot pastrami sandwich or try the tri-tip sandwich at the wildly popular Dog House Grill near California State University Fresno. For Asian cuisine, find the glowing neon sign of Tokyo Garden and have a Singapore sling and sukiyaki or try creative Japanese and Korean food at Maroo's where you can have melt in your mouth sashimi or their popular Firecracker roll with spicy crab and crunchy scallops. For fine dining with a focus on quality ingredients try the Cracked Pepper Bistro or if money is no object order up a steak at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Fresno makes an ideal base for exploring three of the west’s most stunning national parks—Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon. Head north to hike/bike, view dramtic waterfalls, take a bus tour, or swim in bracing mountain streams in Yosemite National Park. Gaze up at 14,000-foot high Mt. Whitney in Sequoia National Park or view some of the world’s largest living giant sequoia trees at Kings Canyon National Park.
Fresno offers the best of urban amenities and opportunities with the unique charms and easy living of a small town. There are many wonderful cultural and recreational experiences available in, or near, the city of Fresno. Please take the time to explore the area.
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• Population: 510,365
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