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 such varied options when it comes to dining...but always great food and fresh ingredients. In fact, thats what makes Visalia the best place to eat...fresh vegetables...fresh dairy...fresh ideas. You can get any type of cusine and you know its going to taste fresh!
Reviewed by dianeb
on September 17, 2012
big cities dont even have the different and unique menus that visalia has, and on top of that, the portions are robust and the food itself is always fresh and interesting
Reviewed by drewbelcor
on September 17, 2012
The little big city town! Visalia has it all cozy yet not to tiny. Being in the middle of all that is produced in the central valley, Visalias menus show it. My favorite for local, organic and wonderefully prepared fare is Tazzaria, but it doesnt stop there we have the Vintage Press, Cafe 225 and many more. Our downtown is like restaurant row, my kids and grandchildren love it.
Reviewed by hungryman
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is definitely worth a stop. It is a city full of trees, friendly people and great restaurants --The Vintage Press, Jack & Charlie's, and now, The Depot.
Reviewed by Carmellarenton
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is a hidden gem in central California. That’s why it’s commonly referred to as the Jewel of the Valley. The beautiful tree-lined streets and variety of stores attract strollers and shoppers alike. What draws visitors from far and wide, however, are the wonderful restaurant options available in Visalia. From family-owned sandwich shops to four star restaurants, there are choices to fit every dining desire within walking distance of each other. The key to their delicious food is the selection of fresh ingredients that comes straight from the fields and groves of local farms. The rugged, majestic peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just beyond serve as a towering backdrop to complete Visalia’s beautiful picture.
Reviewed by jmhurley
on September 17, 2012
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