Visalia, California

Votes



2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

2 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Best For Food"
1 Votes - "Most Beautiful"

Description

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.

When it comes to tastes, you can't beat Visalia. Downtown alone has a host of flavors to tempt any palate. Come soon and taste the sensations that is Visalia.
Reviewed by nloliva
on September 17, 2012
There's definitely something for everyone's taste in Visalia! Bread pudding, chicken stuffed pumpkins, green tea spritzers, smoothies, and almost every international flavor you can imagine. And not only that, but the people in this little town are as welcoming and proud of their city as they could be. I would definitely vacation in Visalia again for just the food alone, not to mention the charming Downtown area and abundance of outdoor adventure opportunities!
Reviewed by ILOVEVISALIA
on September 17, 2012
I read somewhere that there are more restaurants in Visalia per person than any other city in California. Sure seems that way. For a small town there is a huge variety on unique dining options from traditonal dining options to one of a kind specialty dining venues. Visalia has all the traditional eateries as well as a huge variety of wonderful unique places to dine.
Reviewed by matsierra
on September 17, 2012
We love Downtown! It's a great place to stroll, shop, and enjoy great dining!
Reviewed by PaigeWilliams
on September 17, 2012
I love Visalia, they offer the best food downtown with approxemetly 30 different restaurants within 4 blocks!!!!. When you come to visit make sure you make Downtown your destination. Take a stroll downtown and enjoy the friendly small town charm.
Reviewed by Annabelle
on September 17, 2012
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