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 is in the center of central California. Close to Sequoia National Park, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the central coast. The atmosphere is lay back simple with lots to do almost any day of the week. Crawdaddy's is at one end of downtown with a great restaurant and night life. The Cellar Door has fabulous music and entertainment almost any day of the week. All around and in between are I would say are over 50 restaurants in downtown alone. Come September 20th is the Taste of Downtown Visalia. For 4 hour hours you can walk the beautiful streets of downtown and taste wonderful dishes from the many participating restaurants. Wow! You have to experience it for yourself.
Reviewed by tpalomo
on September 17, 2012
Downtown Visalia is the most amazing place. It is full of small shops and galleries and absolutely amazing restaurants. There are no "chain" restaurants downtown, but there are individually owned fabulous restaurants such as The Vintage Press, Jack and Charlies, The Depot, Tazzaria and Cafe 225. There are many more, but I will run out of space trying to list all of them. Suffice it to say there are two to three dozen wonderful dining spots in downtown Visalia, CA!!!
Reviewed by fglevy
on September 17, 2012
An oasis of good food to be found in family-owned Visalia restaurants. We are in the heart of where food is grown in California--the best, freshest produce is found here.
Reviewed by Judzia
on September 17, 2012
The Vintage Press is our family favorite for all celebrations! David and his crew are hospitable and the food is the best! We love their extra special events as well such as the recipe clubs. He not only demonstrates the recipe but also gives you a copy. His recipes are my most favorite to prepare at home. Then you are served the menu for the evening! Of course, their wine list is amazing too.
Reviewed by Francene
on September 17, 2012
From walk up chili dogs to 4 star spots, fast food to fine dinning, a wine bar to local breweries. Brazilian, Cajun, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, it just goes on and on. All local. Then the shops! Why would you need anywhere else?
Reviewed by TALewis
on September 17, 2012
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