Family marveling at the size of the trees in Sequoia National Park
View of Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park
Family posing for a selfie in front of Visalia Fox Theatre
Rows of citrus trees spotted on a farm tour
Lake Kaweah, a popular destination for fun on the water, in the Sierra Nevada foothills
Splashing around Sequoia Springs water park at Visalia Adventure Park
Epic hike along Moro Rock Trail in Sequoia National Park
Almond trees in bloom along the Orchard and Blossom Trail scenic drive
Sampling craft beer at BarrelHouse Brewing in the Brewery District
Interactive painting exhibit at the ImagineU Children's Museum
California charm at the gateway to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Americana at its Best
Looking for that authentic, movie-like, classic American town? You’ll find it in Visalia! Stroll pedestrian-friendly Main Street for great shopping and dining, catch a Visalia Rawhide baseball game at Valley Strong Stadium, or mingle with the locals during one of many downtown events. For a closer look at the city’s wealth of Art Deco architecture, check out The Darling Hotel. Lovingly renovated to its 1930s glory and named among TripAdvisor’s Hottest New Hotels in the World, this boutique hotel is a must-see beauty, whether you stay here or dine on the rooftop at Elderwood. History buffs will enjoy the self-guided “Visalia Then and Now” downtown walking tour. Relive the days when horses roamed the streets and discover landmarks such as the old town jailhouse and the beautifully restored Visalia Fox Theatre.
In addition to the national parks just a drive away, Visalia boasts hundreds of kilometers of hiking and biking trails, as well as water recreation on Lake Kaweah. The Sequoia Riverlands Trust Preserve connects nature lovers with six unique protected lands where you can go for a hike and even volunteer for the trail stewardship program. Downtown, marvel at the 20-meter-tall sequoia tree, planted as a sapling in 1936, or the many Valley Oaks. These stunning trees are proudly preserved and protected, ensuring Visalia has the most Valley Oak trees in California's San Joaquin Valley. Natural beauty abounds on the Orchard and Blossom Trail, a self-guided drive showcasing blossoms from orange groves, fruit orchards and nut trees exploding into color every spring starting in late February.
Fresh Foods, Craft Beer
Located in one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the world, Visalia has a farm-to-table ethos that’s evident in its restaurants, breweries, U-pick farms and events like the Taco Truck Challenge, Visalia Craft Beer Festival and Taste of Downtown Food Festival. Meander through Main Street’s Brewery District in search of a great meal and your new favorite beer. Try Brewbakers Brewery, located on the site of Visalia’s first beer gardens dating to the early 1900s. Take a farm tour or pick seasonal fruits such as oranges, nectarines, plums or blueberries at one of many local farms. A feast for the eyes and palate, the outdoor Visalia Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning downtown.
Fun for All Ages
Traveling with family? The ImagineU Children's Museum hosts inventive hands-on activities and exhibits like the U-Fix-It Garage, Science Lab and The Oak Tree Clubhouse. At Visalia Adventure Park, kids can play arcade games, hit balls in the batting cage, race go-karts, solve the laser maze and more. In summer, enjoy Sequoia Springs water park’s outdoor slides and water-play features. For a laid-back day, explore Mooney Grove Park, where you can picnic, play disc golf or paddle in the lagoon, all under a canopy of Valley Oak trees. Within the park, the Tulare County Museum features exhibits about the Wukchumni indigenous peoples who first inhabited the area, including one of the largest Native American basket collections on display in California.
The General Sherman Tree located in Sequoia National Park is the largest living thing on earth. It measures about 31 meters in circumference and is 63 meters tall.
That’s nuts! Visalia is part of the most productive agriculture region in the country. 85 percent of the world’s pistachios are grown in California’s Central Valley alone.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon are actually two separate national parks adjacent to one another. Thanks to this proximity, visitors can have the unique experience of driving along one road, General’s Highway, to visit both parks.