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.

First of all, you have to understand that Visalia is a city in California's San Joaquin Valley -- a major source of the world's food supply. Then you have know that Visalia has farmers' markets REGULARLY. Thursday downtown. Saturday on Mooney. And there are fruit and vegetable stands everywhere. So this place has food. To top it off, it has RESTAURANTS. Like more restaurants per person than any other place in the country. There's even an annual "waiters' race" where servers run down Main Street carrying glasses and food to see who's the best. This is a totally awesome town when it comes to food -- from hot doggs to escargot (world's best!!!) at The Vintage Press.
Reviewed by thezachster
on September 17, 2012
As a Stanford graduate my observation is,that ,this town for its size, is comparable to Palo Alto, . in its sheer number and quality of its local restauarants
Reviewed by noselyle
on September 17, 2012
Downtown Visalia is great for food and charm. There is also variety in this small city. Some of the best sushi I have ever eaten is in Visalia and Indian food is a pleasant surprise to find here, as well. I'm from a neighboring town and am content that Visalia is nearby. I feel like there is a touch of cosmopolitan class right in this agricultural neighborhood!
Reviewed by Kalikille
on September 17, 2012
I have travelled to many places and none can compare to Visalia's variety and quality of restaurants. Not only is Visalia in the middle of some of the richest farm land in the country, it is home to an amazing collection of restaurants.
Reviewed by histerry
on September 17, 2012
Visalia has a beautiful and vibrant downtown with a terrific selection of wonderful restaurants to choose from --the Vintage Press, the Depot, Tommys, Fugazzi's, etc. Pick any and you won't be disappointed!
Reviewed by OhLariO
on September 17, 2012
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