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.

Visalia is a shining gem in a beautiful, scenic area of Central California. Snow capped mountains and glorious valleys of flora and fauna surround Visalia. It is an active, cultured environment offering the best in gastronomical fare, varied activities and events and unsurpassed beauty. Some of the best restaurants I have ever experienced.
Reviewed by donna54
on September 17, 2012
Vintage Press has the best dining experience in Visalia hands down.
Reviewed by syharvey
on September 17, 2012
I rode through here in the summer of 1975 while touring every State and National Park on a motorcycle during the country's bicentennial celebration. I was impressed then with its small town charm and hospitality. I moved here a few years later and I still love the area 36 years later. Much has changed but not the feelings. Much to see here and lots to do or not do. That is what's nice!
Reviewed by maztomc
on September 17, 2012
Just last week (5-21-11) was the largest Car Show in the history of Visalia. It was sponsored by the Visalia Breakfast Lions. Everything was perfect--the weather, the show, the food, not to mention the music to keep you in the mood. I always get a Tri-Tip sandwich from the Brewing Company for lunch and follow up with a dinner from the Willis Street A&W Restaurant. That particular evening was also the first time the City has allowed Cruising down Main Street in a long time. We enjoyed ourselves very much and look forward to it again next year!
Reviewed by MichaelLewis
on September 17, 2012
Many people, who travel throughout the valley, and those who travel to Yosemite National Park and to Giant Sequoias National Park, think about the downtown Visalia as the best place for food. Here are many restaurants that all could be described as the “one of the best” considering peoples’ different tastes for foods, and their settings preferences. The menus are very different in every restaurant, and each restaurant has its own history and unique surrounding. The romantic setting of “Vintage Press”, the business atmosphere of “Tommy’s” and “Café 225”, the very unique cuisine of “Jack & Charlie’s”, the bright ethnicity of tastes in “Asequoia”, and the historical spirit of Visalia’s landmark – “The Depot” restaurant – are few of the many dining places that are worth visiting. It is a unique and pleasurable experience to try the variety of foods in downtown Visalia restaurants!
Reviewed by AnastasiaK
on September 17, 2012
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