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.

Visalia has a beautiful downtown. Fun to shop! I love to have coffee and pastry at Tazzarria during the day. And my all time favorite is to dine at the Vintage Press. Its just simply Fabulous!!!
Reviewed by evette50
on September 17, 2012
Downtown Visalia has a marvelous array of wonderful restaurants, from quick and casual to elegant, al within a span of a few blocks--a short, pleasant walk in an old-fashioned downtown.
Reviewed by Okra
on September 17, 2012
Downtown features a wide array of excellent places one can grab a quick refreshment, have a nice lunch or celebrate a special occasion; Visalia has it all. A hotdog stand that takes you back to your childhood. Romantic evenings out. Microbrews. Elegant dinners and fun lunches can all be found downtown. Taylor's, Tommy's, Main Street Diner, Brewbakers, Fugazzi's, Akamura, The Vintage Press and many more. I tell all my friends that it's well worth the drive!
Reviewed by pitocyn
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is one of the most beautiful places in the central valley. Witht he entrance to the Sequoia national park
Reviewed by Armondo
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is blessed with a friendly downtown where residents enjoy strollng Main Street on quiet summer evenings. There is a variety of restaurants to choose from and many local talents provide music and entertainment thoughout the year. Visalia's hot spot is the famous Vintage Press located just off Main Street where old and new friends meet to enjoy the finest cuisine in town by Chef David Vartanian.
Reviewed by chvisalia
on September 17, 2012
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