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 a great downtown with many wonderful restaurants to choose from. It's backyard is Sequoia National Park, and it doesn't get much better than that!
Reviewed by jburzin
on September 17, 2012
I work in downtown Visalia and there is such a wide variety of options to choose when going to lunch. One of my favorite places is Wastons Health Food store. Though I am not a vegetarian, they make a great lunch. particulary their Waldorf Lavosh. I also enjoy eating at Cafe 225. Paul
Reviewed by PaulFry
on September 17, 2012
Visalia has many fine restaurants including Alejandra's Mexican Restaurant, Cafe 225, Vintage Press, Tommy's, Azul's Mexican Grill, Tokyo Garden, El Tarasco, Acequia On Main, Boleros Mexican Cocina, Colima Mexican Restaurant, Figaro's, Fugazzi's, Jack & Charlie's and more. Whether I am dining at these restaurants or the familiar Mimi's, Marie Callenders, or Olive Garden, I am always in a friendly environment with great food.
Reviewed by BonnieThiele
on September 17, 2012
We love Visalia!!!! Born in raised in Southern California and lived in SanAntonio for years, both filled with fabulous food. But there is just something about the Restraunts in Visalia, that we can't get enough of. The variety of food is amazing. We especially love Henry Salazaars down town, and Fugazzi's all over down town, even the to go Bistro is yum oh! And off the beaten path a bit you will find Toykyo Garden absolutely delish! We love eating in Visalia and taking our guests to a variety of restraunts while their here. oh and best breakfast around is at Valhallas
Reviewed by sunnycindy
on September 17, 2012
There are so many options to eat. Downtowm has the Vintage Press, Tommy's, Acequia on Main and Cafe 225 to name a few for dinner. The Vintage Press also has a great brunch. We have a couple of wonderful coffee houses on Main St. like Tazzaria it's menu made from local products. We have a new lunch place downtown called the Lunch Box that is charming friendly and variety of lunches are simple but GREAT. It may be a suprise being in the central valley, but, we a good Sushi Restraunts, Gouzon is being one on the north end of town. We have a lot of mexican dining, all family owned places each have there own special food that keeps you coming back. We have a classic lunch place with homemade noodles in the chicken noodle soup, the pies are so good they need to be pre ordered months in advance for the holidays. If you need a slice of homemade pie or big cookie, don't leave Visalia without eating at Picnic Sandwich Shop on Main Street.
Reviewed by MKR22
on September 17, 2012
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