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.

Wonderful downtown area brimming with great locally owned restaurants complimented by the historic Fox Theater which features concerts, plays, symphony performances etc.. The atmophere is safe and very inviting. Fine dining includes the Vintage Press. If you want Italian there is Little Italy. For bistro there is Cafe 225. For a upscale trendy experience with great food there is Fugazzis. I have only mentioned the highlights of this incredible place. Take a stroll in downtown Visalia on a warm summer evening and be greeted by friendly people in a safe atmosphere. Enjoy the fragrance of great cooking in the air.
Reviewed by nwbbcj
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is unique to the entire San Joaquin Valley of California. Residents of neighboring cities do not mind driving an hour or more just to be able to stroll a safe and attractive old time "main street" down town with authentic Lao, Thai, Brazilian, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Vegetarian, and other ethnic themed retaurants along with brew pubs, coffee houses, speciality sandwich/wrap/pizza/philly cheese steak locals and to top it off the signature fine restaurants such as the Vintage Press, Tommy's, Jack and Charlies, Crawdaddys, and the Double L Steakhouse. Many of these venues feauture music or local art as well. Thursday night is Farmer's market downtown. Well worth a five mile stop off of Highway 99 for travelers or an overnight stay for visitors to Kings Canyon or Sequoia National Park.
Reviewed by KCooperCa
on September 17, 2012
for a small town, the dining options here are fantastic and actually comparable to the finest restaurants in NYC - personally I enjoy the vintage press and jack and charlie's because the chef and the menu offer such unique options that cant be found anywhere else in town...except now also at the depot because that restaurant is now owned by the same people behind my 2 favorite places!
Reviewed by dcohen
on September 17, 2012
i visit visalia often and the food always impresses me like no toher place i've been. its always fresh and plentiful...some of the best restaurants in the country are place in partiuclar calle vintage the fall nothing beats the stuffed pumpkins...nothing!
Reviewed by debbanes
on September 17, 2012
Downtown Visalia is my favorite spot for restaurants and strolling in the Central Valley. There are many good restaurants to chose from. Tazzaria on main street is one of my favorites, whether it is for great coffee and amazing pastries baked on site, or dinner from their ever changing Tapas menu. Sometimes you can go out on a summer night, get ice cream and stroll down Main Street with Frank Sinatra or other music playing on the street. Other nights they have the galleries open with refreshments provided.
Reviewed by taylorsh
on September 17, 2012
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