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 is a great overnight stop between Los Angeles and San Francisco, even if you aren't going to the Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite national parks (which all are within a short drive of this town!) The downtown atmopshere is amazing -- almost surprising in its diversity and genuine warmth. The Vintage Press is a world-class restaurant. But there are many discoveries to be made. The Ben Maddox House is a great little B&B... And now there's a new Marriott hotel here, too. The staff is friendly and the shoeshine guy is great! You could spend a week here -- breakfast (Valhalla), lunch and dinner and never go wrong.
Reviewed by Jetta
on September 17, 2012
The beautiful and centrally located Visalia is a favorite destination for us. It's lovely to stroll the downtown area with it's wide array of wonderful restaurants and shops. The Vintage Press has been long known in the surrounding communities as the place to go for the finest in culinary delights. I have never had a finer meal, presentation, atmosphere, and service than at the Vintage Press. And with Jack & Charlies, the Depot Restaurant among the varied top-notch dining choices, we will continue to frequent this hot spot of great restaurants.
Reviewed by edavison
on September 17, 2012
Land in Visalia, check in to your downtown well appointed hotel and walk to a restaurant that will serve your food cravings. The choices are amazing, along with the quality and the value you are a winner. This is all within walking distance from your hotel and centered in a thriving, beautiful downtown. Enjoy the food and entertainment in this historical and vibrant downtown.
Reviewed by maredog23
on September 17, 2012
We truly do have a beautiful town. It is a wonderful place to stroll after a delicious meal in any number of restaurants in Visalia. Whatever you are looking for, you can find. Small town cozy feeling with world class food.
Reviewed by joannhames
on September 17, 2012
Downtown Visalia is a hidden gem!!!!!! Downtown Visalia is my favorite place for dining in the valley. My favorite place is Tazzaria: always friendly, fresh and delicious. Their dinner menu changes weekly and is to die for. It is great to hit farmer's market and head to Tazzaria for Tapas and dessert. Visalia is doing a great job with the restoration and preservation of their downtown area, it is only getting better!!
Reviewed by foodie
on September 17, 2012
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