Fresno is situated near three National Parks; Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite and one National Monument; Giant Sequoia. Needless to say, this distinction provides the bustling burg with a steady stream of travelers. More than just a doorway to outdoor discovery, Fresno is also well stocked with shops, restaurants and cultural attractions that cater to a more urban crowd.
The Fresno Art Museum is a great cultural experience for art appreciation while the Meax Home and the Kearney Mansion Museum's offer a snapshot of Fresno's early years of Victorian homes and to the area's agricultural history. For some outdoor fun take the kids to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo or there is also the beautiful Woodward Regional Park which offers a Japanese Garden, fenced dog park, two-mile equestrian trail, exercise par course, three children's playgrounds and a lake. A unique experience is the Forestiere Underground Gardens where you can explore a hand-built network of underground rooms, courtyards and passageways reminiscent of the ancient catacomb. For live entertainment head to the Save Mart Center and take in a basketball game or see a Cirque du Soleil performance.
For an awesome and breathtaking adventure take a 1-2 day rafting tour along King's River and witness the beauty of the Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite parks. All of these attractions and more make Fresno a great destination for a marriage of sophistication.