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.

Visalia is a great place to live. In the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, 2-3 hours from the mountains, the beach, L.A. or the Bay Area with affordable family living. Visalia has a strong community of great leadership in so many areas: business, medical, spiritual and educational. I feel fortunate that I raised my children in such a great town. One of our favorite outings is to go and eat tacos rancheros at El Rosal...yum! It was voted as one of the top 10 tacos in the Sunset magazine.
Reviewed by NancyRobertson
on September 17, 2012
It's all about V-town! Visalia has too many good restaurants to count. Here are my personal favorites, but I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Tazzaria: Best tapas, pastries/baked goods, & generous glasses of wine Gozen: Sushi that rivals any place in LA/SF Keo Thip: Best spring rolls and peanut sauce. Period. Jack and Charlies: Most exciting menu + bonus points for making me realize I like beets! Alejandra's: Best chips and salsa, shrimp tacos & carne asada Henry Salazar's: Best shrimp cocktail Acequia on Main: Best dipping sauce with bread Tommy's: Best bread pudding and crab cakes The Vintage Press: Introduced me to bacon wrapped dates. Fugazzi's: Most diverse vegetarian menu options.
Reviewed by Bear_Dino
on September 17, 2012
My favorite part of living in Visalia is all of the locally grown organic food available! The year-round Farmer's Market here is absolutely incredible! We buy all of our produce, meat, and eggs from the Farmer's Market. We really appreciate the fact that so many restaurants here in Visalia incorporate food from local farms into their menus. We especially love eating lunch at the Tazzaria. It has delicious food, a great atmosphere, and a very friendly wait staff. Their dinners are amazing as well. There are so many restaurants in Visalia that we have only had a chance to sample a fraction of them so far.
Reviewed by jm01
on September 17, 2012
If you're looking for restaurant variety, friendly wait staff, great food, reasonable wait times, and farm to fork menu selections - park the car, find a hotel room and spend a few days exploring this wonderful community. Visalia is in the heart of the central san joaquin valley, and is surrounded by some of the richest farmland in the world. If you eat it - it is grown in Tulare County. Our restaurant selection is second to none, and the local chefs and restaurant owners take full advantage of the abundance of locally grown citrus fruits, stone fruits, nuts, and dairy products to create some of the finest menu selections you will find anywhere in the world. We are a small community, but we are big on quality, variety, and selection when it comes to restaurant offerings.
Reviewed by gheatherly
on September 17, 2012
I love Visalia for its diversity of people, food, civic pride and small town feel despite being a city of 120,000.
Reviewed by rlee8lom
on September 17, 2012
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