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 love Visalia! I'm so lucky that I don't have to leave my town to eat at an amazing restaurant. In Visalia, you can find the best of casual to fine dining. Especially in our downtown - it is filled with one-of-a kind culinary treasures like: The Vintage Press, Tommy's, Cafe 225, The Depot, Fugazzis & Henry Salazars! I can always count on Jack & Charlies for a one-of-a-kind cocktail - I love all of their infused vodkas. When it comes to dining and delicious food, you can always count on Visalia!
Reviewed by cevangelo
on September 17, 2012
Visalia CA has a vibrant downtown with dining options that draw people from surrounding communities as well as national and international travelers on there way to Sequoia National Park. You can dine in the old Chinese railroad workers buildings Lum Lums, the old jail Jack and Charlie's), the old train depot ( The Depot), The elegant speak easy atmosphere of the Vintage Press or a number of Mexican, Brazilian or Italian restaurants. The road house diner is represented by the Main Street Cafe and Cafe 225 gives you casual yet sophisticated diner options. Visalia is a vibrant living downtown with dining options for any taste.
Reviewed by bootsbrown
on September 17, 2012
Visalia has small town charm filled with world class restaurants. On a warm summer night you can enjoy a delicious dinner on the patio at the Vintage Press, the Historical atmosphere of the Depot, Jack & Charlies ever changing menu full of fresh Valley veggies, Little Italy, Tommy's, cafe 225, the list go on & on, not to mention all the selection of Mexican restaurants as well. Stop by on your way to the Sequoias and enjoy!
Reviewed by spajazz
on September 17, 2012
It's a beautiful little town 1 hour out of the Sierra National Park. It has some of the best food anywhere with great variety. The town has preserved and transformed it's down town area it into a warm, welcoming, safe, fun and active heart of the community. This is an absolute Rally Stop!
Reviewed by visalia
on September 17, 2012
Great spot for food! Nestled within the heart of the world's most productive agricultural region, you'll be hard pressed to find a location with a better variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure to stop by Tazzaria! This European-style cafe has great fresh food, and a dinner menu that changes weekly. The coffee's roasted onsite each week, and all of the pastries are from scratch. Delicious!
Reviewed by dbvisalia
on September 17, 2012
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