Visalia, California


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

2 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Best For Food"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"


Known as both the Gateway to the Sequoias and the Jewel of the Valley, Visalia lies in the center of the San Joaquin Valley nearby both Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks. The location is perfect for every variety of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, golfing, camping, fishing, boating, or skiing.

Visalia boasts something for everyone from the Tulare County Symphony in the Fox Theatre to a Rawhide baseball game at Recreation Park. With 50 murals around town, Visalia embraces local art. The town hosts an annual spoof called Sofa Art, an Arts Market, a “Trash to Fashion” Earth Day fashion show, and exhibits throughout local businesses.

Visitors can take the free trolley down Main Street to some of the highly acclaimed restaurants including Alejandra’s, Figaro’s, Vintage Press, and Jack and Charlie’s. Locals also boast of great produce from farmer’s markets to fruit stands and cheese farms. Visalia’s known for world famous sweet oranges and offers varied agriculturally themed tours.

Beautiful Sierras, delicious fruits, friendly folks, and a place to comfortably sojourn while on ones way to finding home. Surprisingly, one may just find it here.
Reviewed by Prekoski
on September 17, 2012
Thank goodness this place has more to eat than a fast food joint while passing through town. Take your time, slow your pace and enjoy the fresh flavors that sweetly linger from the fields, groves and vines of this space. Sequoia is a great destination but there is so much more to take in while on your journey. Enjoy it all!
Reviewed by KathyYoga
on September 17, 2012
The Vintage Press is one the state's best restaurants and it gets all the attention. But there's great casual food here too... Taylor's Hot Dog Stand in downtown Visalia has been open for years and across from the local college there's Mearle's. President Nixon had a burger at Mearle's, a great "Happy Days" or "American Graffiti" drive-in, and even though it has been closed for a couple of years, it's now being restored and will soon open again the on Main Drag Mooney!!! We always stop if Visalia for good food and low-cost place to stay for the night. The cops are friendly!
Reviewed by jamesjj
on September 17, 2012
There's not much to see on the 99 between SF and LA -- but Visalia. We chop in everytime on a road trip. Crawdaddy's is great, hear there's a third floor where there owner lives where you can have a party. But food is great. The downtown has a Starbuck's but it's totally local after that. Go in the fall to have a pumpkin! Can't believe how good that was. They made me take my hat off in the press restaurant and that pissed me off but I guess it was for the best. they had this mushroom thing that was greet.
Reviewed by digger
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is the place to be! The restaurants are unmatched! From the Vintage Press to the local country club. Definitely a must!
Reviewed by lorimelbye
on September 17, 2012
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