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.

Ah, Visalia. Great food, music, entertainment and central location. Let's be honest though, you must love blistering heat if you visit during the summertime. Triple digits are common, so if you prefer milder climates avoid this stop until summer's over. Check the weather online, then plan accordingly.
Reviewed by Quicksilver
on September 17, 2012
We have lived here for many years. We could visit a "favorite" restaurant once and week and never run out in a year. Chef's and owners are knowledgeable and committed to great service and food!!
Reviewed by StevPeck
on September 17, 2012
I have lived in Visalia for over 20 years now and feel very blessed to be a part of this wonderful community. Visalia is located in such a great spot, to the east of us we have the Sequoias, to the west we have the coast. You never have to travel far to experience some of the most beautiful parts of California. Visalia is such a thriving city, the people here have so much pride and enthusiasm. As a restaurant owner in Visalia I feel we have the most devoted and supportive customers that you could ever hope for. Visalia is a great place to live and/or to visit.
Reviewed by lauriem
on September 17, 2012
I've lived in Visalia for a little over 3 years. Came here to manage local country club after 30 plus years in the private club industry in Southern California, having never heard of Visalia.. The reason I was even willing to consider the position was based on the research I did showing the wide variety of locally owned restaurants throughout the town. The visits my wife & I made included stops a numerous restaurants throughout the city, all of which left strongly favorable impressions of the quality of the food available & the friendliness of the workers in the restaurants. Our time here as residents has only confirmed our initial opinions that Visalia is the best-kept secret in California.
Reviewed by rtsnave
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is so excited to see Jim & Bonnie Parr.
Reviewed by downtowngal
on September 17, 2012
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