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.

I heard the food at the local ballpark, home of the Visalia Rawhide professional baseball team, is pretty darn good, too!
Reviewed by Tipper
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is a wonderful town. I am always pleased when I get to show off our downtown area to out-of-town guests. No matter what they are in the mood to eat, there is a good choice. The Indian Food at Taj Palace, Mexican cuisine at Alejandras, burgers at Brewbakers are always a hit. Jack and Charlies and Cafe 225 are perfect date night spots.
Reviewed by carolynk
on September 17, 2012
With the many restaurant choices throughout town, i always tend to lean towards downtown Visalia. Just last night I had a wonderful date night at my favorite Mexican place, Las Palmas! I love this many memories and fantastic food. Cellar Door for the 120 different types of beer and the most amazing music acts I've ever seen. For me and my recommendations, hands down it's downtown Visalia!
Reviewed by fxm727
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is nestled just below the Sierra Nevadas and considered "The Jewel of the Valley" and "The Gateway to the Sequoias". Not only is Visalia halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco but also a short drive to the coast, mountains, lakes and Sequoia / Yosemite National Parks. Being a huge agricultural area we have access to and supply the best produce around - our Farmers Market is always a popular venue. You can eat at many great restaurants here which feature locally grown fruits and vegetables while enjoying a variety of tastes from Italian to Chinese. Places like - Little Italy, Vintage Press, Tommy's, Alejandra's, Jack & Charlies, Fuggizis, Cafe 225, and the Hong Kong (and there are many more!) always serve up great food and service. If you are ever in the neighborhood please stop by and say Hello!
Reviewed by Metroboys
on September 17, 2012
I was very pleasantly surprised when I first visited Visalia nearly 9 years ago, and have come to love it even more now. In addition to having the best of both a larger city and a smaller town in many other ways, it has the finest restaurants in the Valley and possibly the state. Where else can you walk down a quaint Main Street and choose to eat at a taqueria , Italian restaurant, a large variety of other locally owned ethnic places, or a gourmet restaurant, even if you are wearing jeans and cowboy boots? Great local produce, exceptionally well-prepared! And if you are not willing to try the marvelous local fare, you can find any chain imaginable on Mooney Blvd. But if you did that, you would have missed the best of this marvelous little city.
Reviewed by candoc
on September 17, 2012
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