Fresno is located in the heart of California’s great San Joaquin Valley at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. With its convenient location, Fresno is about three hours driving time to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula and Morro Bay. Famed Yosemite National Park as well as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are all less than 90 miles from Fresno.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Fresno is unparalleled and offers year-round sports including golf, tennis, fishing, kayaking, biking, camping, water skiing, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding. Numerous lakes and two major rivers, including one of California’s finest whitewater rafting rivers, are all in Fresno’s backyard.
The City of Fresno has a population of about 500,000. It is the fifth largest city in California, the largest city in the Valley and the seat of Fresno County. The County of Fresno’s population is approaching one million. The population of Fresno and the entire San Joaquin Valley are richly diverse with approximately 90 different cultures represented.
The area has a thriving K-12 educational system with public and private options, a well-developed community college system and universities including California State University, Fresno, Fresno Pacific University and the University of California, Merced.
Activities include excellent local theater, a wonderful variety of music and ballet, a vibrant nightlife and the Fresno Philharmonic. In addition, outstanding museums include the Fresno Art Museum, Arte Americas and the African American Museum.
Fresno’s historic Tower District hosts many eclectic events such as the popular Mardi Gras. When visiting the Tower, one can enjoy browsing among its many boutiques, galleries and coffee houses. For over 75 years, Fresno residents have enjoyed the splendor of Christmas Tree Lane in Old Fig Garden. Across town, in the neighboring City of Clovis, the small town community spirit and pioneering history of the city is exemplified by events such as Big Hat Days and Clovis Rodeo, which has been held on the last weekend in April every year since 1914. Old Town Clovis is a quaint shopping district full of antique and specialty shops as well as an historical museum.
In addition, there are local gardens, parks, Fresno Chaffee Zoo and exciting water theme parks as well as a strong sports presence with university athletics and sports teams such as the Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team, the Fresno Fuego Futbol Club amateur soccer team and Fresno Monsters ice hockey team.
Please visit the Fresno/Clovis Visitor’s Bureau for links to more information about living, staying and playing in and around Fresno.
National Park Service (http://www.nps.gov/yose/yo_visit.htm)
Sierra Summit Ski Resort (http://www.webportal.com/sierrasummit/index.html)
Kings River Rafting (http://www.kingsriver.com)
City of Fresno (http://www.ci.fresno.ca.us)
Fresno Convention and Visitors Bureau (http://www.fresnocvb.org)
Chaffee Zoo (http://www.chaffeezoo.org)
Fresno Philharmonic (http://www.fresnophil.org)
California State University, Fresno (http://www.csufresno.edu)
Fresno County Schools (http://www.fcoe.k12.ca.us/)
Fresno Bee (http://www.fresnobee.com)
Guarantee Real Estate (http://www.guarantee.com/)
London Properties (http://www.londonproperties.com)
Realty Concepts (http://www.realtyconcepts.com)
Home Fair (http://www.homefair.com)