Old Fresno Water Tower
Photo by: Bobak Ha’Eri, Creative Commons
Fondly referred to as the Raisin Capital, Fresno is situated in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. Its name comes from the Spanish word for ash tree. Fresno was founded by the Central Pacific Railroad Company in 1872. It is considered a young city with a small population. The climate of Fresno is typical of the Central valley of California. The weather conditions are temperate, if at all. Folks love the climate which is ideal for growing fruit trees and cultivating lush vegetation. Agriculture is the main industry in the city. In Fresno, one can find some of the world’s largest wineries as well as a number of the juiciest fruits on the planet. Among the major produce are cotton, grapes, and almonds.
Fresno is known for its many tourist attractions most of which are underrated. One of these is the downtown water tower, built in 1894. It features a unique and fine architecture which took its inspiration from German designs. For a glimpse of local arts, there’s the Fresno Art Museum and the Saroyan Theatre. If you love sports, you may want to catch a game at the Selland Arena. Fresno is also a home to three national parks. All in all, it maintains 75 parks. They include Woodward Regional Park and Roeding Regional Park. Government offices also surround the city. Among them are the Internal Revenue Service, Mendota Federal Prison, Pleasant Valley State Prison, and Coalinga State Hospital. The Chaffee Zoo is open for those who want to explore the city’s wildlife and for those who want to get in touch with nature.
Scenic drives are more unforgettable here in Fresno. The beautiful Blossom Trail is a photographer’s delight especially in spring. It boasts the city most colorful and exotic flowers. Another popular route is via the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. Towering trees and natural caves can be seen here.
Fresno is indeed rich in culture and sightseeing opportunities. This is a charming little city that is and will be a traveler’s favorite.