National Parks

Fresno is rated as the No. 1 Big City for National Park Lovers because of our proximity to Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings and Pinnacles.  Most can be reached within a short drive allowing Fresno residents to make easy day trips to our National Parks.  Places that people travel from all over the world to see and explore are within a short drive for our residents to visit!


Yosemite National Park. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.  National Park Service |


Sequoia & Kings Canyon. This dramatic landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity–huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees. These two parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. Weather varies a lot by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370′ to 14,494′. Kings and Sequias National Park |

Half Dome Cliff