Visalia, California

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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.

We've been going to Visalia as a dining destination since 1976. The choices were good then but have even gotten better. Whether we want fine dining or casual we are always assured of consistency and good service. You know that you are getting the freshest ingredients when you see the chefs making their selections at the local farmers markets.
Reviewed by calmama
on September 17, 2012
Downtown Visalia stands out as a success story. While many central business districts across America have become ghost towns, Visalia has great restaurants, effective transportation, a variety of locally owned shopping, a vibrant arts community and beautiful landscaping. The restaurants are amazing. Everything from continental to contemporary. Visalia has more locally owned restaurants (per capita) than any other community in the country. I think it's more than 30... The Vintage Press which turns 45 years old this year is recognized by Wine Spectator as having "one of the best restaurant wine lists in the world..." There's a famous hot dog stand, Taylor's, that's been here forever. There is a Brazilian grill, Rio, and a California cafe, 225, and Little Italy, and dozens more. It's great to live in Visalia.
Reviewed by stevenfgriffiths
on September 17, 2012
Love Jack & Charlie's... Can't say enough about how great the food is. It's innovative and delightful and fresh every time. The chef often sends us extra food just as a thank-you. Great staff, too. Everyone likes to hug!
Reviewed by sierratrekker
on September 17, 2012
I lived in LA for decades, but when I moved here, I found that there were high quality restaurants all over Visalia! We feel very fortunate to have found a town that has everything the big city has, except for the traffic! Fantastic restaurants of every variety here.
Reviewed by laurie3g
on September 17, 2012
Visalia is a great city for many kinds of dining experiences. For fine dining The Vintage Press and Little Italy are my favorites.
Reviewed by Thkurtz
on September 17, 2012
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