Fresno Travel Guide

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    Fulton Mall in Downtown Fresno
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Fresno Things to Do

  • Old Fresno Water Tower

    This is an interesting and prominent old water tower that is a major landmark in downtown Fresno and one of the oldest surviving structures in the area. It is essentially a Romanesque Revival -style structure looking vaguely like a romanticised version of a castle. It is now open as a visitor centre. Inside, one can get tourist information, buy...

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  • Fulton Mall

    Fulton St is one of the old main shopping and business streets in downtown Fresno. In the 1960s, the core stretch was converted into the pedestrianised Fulton Mall in one of the first, and most artistically interesting, attempts to pedestrianise a core downtown street in order to revitalise the downtown and capture both the attraction of the new...

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  • Tower Theater

    The Tower District, centred on the Tower Theatre, is one of the most lively and interesting partes of town to visit for food, entertainment, etc. It's in the old part of town some blocks north of downtown and centered on Olive Ave near Wishon and Van Ness. The theatre itself is at the corner of Wishon and Olive and is a beautiful old art-deco...

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  • Fresno Metropolitan Museum

    The Fresno Metropolitan Museum is a fine museum. It has a science center. It also has an excellent permanent collection on William Saroyan, Fresno native and famous writer. I thought that the Chinese Snuff Bottles permanent collection was pretty cool. When I went there, there was an exhibition on the works of local artists. Exhibitions regularly...

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  • Chukchansi Park

    Chukchansi Park is home the the Pacific Coast Fresno Grizzlies baseball and Fresno Fuego minor league soccer teams. The stadium was originally city owned but is now sponsored by the Indian casino corporation of the same name that operates a gambling casino in the foothills between Fresno and Yosemite National Park. The Stadium also has a children's...

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  • Arte Américas

    Arte Américas is a great place to have some fun. They debut new family friendly and educational exhibits every few months. Their museum features two gift shops with unique, authentic Mexican handcrafts, home decorations, and jewelry at great prices. They have everything from art shows and exhibits to theatre classes, spoken word events, and a...

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Fresno Restaurants

  • Great Mexican Ice Cream Place/Paleteria

    This is a wonderful Mexican ice cream place selling "regular" ice cream and paletas, which are like popsicles and can be made from ice cream or juice/water/sherbet types. They make their own in a wide range of flavours both common and unusual, which is fairly typical of places like this. They are friendly and the ice cream is delicious. They sell...

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  • Good Brewpub

    This is a good brewpub in the Tower District, about a block west of the Tower Theatre. It has good beer and good food overall, and service seems friendly and effective. The place is comfortable and bright. Chinese Chicken salad is really good. Beer overall is good. Burgers are good. French fries are mediocre. They have a good kids' menu.

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  • Great old diner

    This is a great old diner serving real diner food as it should be. It has become one of our regular stops when going through Fresno, since Fresno, being about 4 hours from our home, is at a great location for us to stop for a meal when traveling in this part of the state. This is simple but great, real home-made traditional diner food, particularly...

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Fresno Nightlife

  • City Lights Gentleman's club

    21 and up gentleman's club located in clovis right next to the airport. Open 12 noon till 1:30 am 7 days a week. $5 cover charge. wednesday: amateurs compete for cash prizes in a weekly contest thursday: college night club has a full bar, HOT topless girls on TWO stages, lap dances, pool tablesgreat place to come if you're near the airport!...

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  • Wizard Pub classic rock

    The Wizard Pub is the only neighborhood bar specializing in classic rock. Original rock posters and memorabilia cover the walls reminiscient of the time when this spot was the Psychedelic Wizard and filled with tie-dyed t-shirts and Grateful Dead items.

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  • Great New Venue

    This is a brand new state of the art arena and its beautiful...beats the hell out of the old Selland Arena. Great for concerts and Fresno State basketball

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Fresno Transportation

  • Greyhound Bus Station

    The Greyhound Bus station is downtown near the baseball park and Fulton Mall. This area of downtown doesn't appear to be frequented at all, and so it's very dangerous either by day or night. I did see bicycle mounted police officers pushing homeless drunks away from the station and the downtown area, however. During the 30 minute layover in Fresno,...

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  • Amtrak San Joaquin Train

    Fresno is a stopover of the Amtrak San Joaquin trains which services Central California. Their route connects Bakersfield and Oakland. Stops along the way include Merced, Modesto, and Stockton.Since my trip started in Los Angeles, I had to take the Amtrak bus at L.A. Union Station to Bakersfield. In Bakersfield, I took the San Joaquin train to...

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  • By plane or car.

    I suggest uses a vehicle considering Fresno is sparsely populated. Prefribly a air-conditioned car since our summers are a bit warm.

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Fresno Shopping

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    by WulfstanTraveller Written Mar 28, 2012

    This is a great little store selling all manner of old, re-purposed, recycled items, antiques, etc., such as old boxes, clothes, knick-knacks, tools, kitchen ware, etc. This includes items that have been made out of old miscellaneous things. It is thoughtfully and nicely manged, organized, and presented, as well.

    What to buy: As above.

    What to pay: Prices here are very reasonable and rather low compared to what I am used to paying in the Bay Area.

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Fresno Local Customs

  • Fresno is my home and i know...

    Fresno is my home and i know the peoples who inhabit this place. Our culture is diverse and our future looks good. Fresno is part of this vast universe. So naturally we have our own unique way of life.

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  • Many visitors to the Fresno...

    Many visitors to the Fresno area are astonished to find a Japanese garden in this very dry, hot valley. The Climate of Japan is similar to the Eastern United States. The plants used in this garden do best in moist, fertile soil with rain and snow. None of these attributes are like Fresno.

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Fresno Warnings and Dangers

  • Fresno is NOT Yosemite

    Do not be fooled. They named their airport Fresno Yosemite International to attract tourists. Fresno is over one and a half hours by car from Yosemite. The airport is not international, there is no customs office there. The summers are brutal, 110 degress and some of the worst air in all of America. The local government is corrupt and the city is...

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  • Fresno is NOT Yosemite

    Do not be fooled. They named their airport Fresno Yosemite International to attract tourists. Fresno is over one and a half hours by car from Yosemite. The airport is not international, there is no customs office there. The summers are brutal, 110 degress and some of the worst air in all of America. The local government is corrupt and the city is...

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  • Employment

    As I am currently seeking employment, I am finding that jobs are diffucult to come by in Fresno. Even with a college degree, it has been very difficult to find employment specifically in Fresno. As I understand it, the unemployment rate is about 17% right now...and climbing. This is just another caveat...

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Fresno Tourist Traps

  • McDonald's!

    and other fast food restuarants along Hwy 99. They're actually very useful tourist traps. Since they are along Hwy 99, which many people use to get to Yosemite, most places keep their restrooms fairly clean.Possibly the best thing about Fresno, other than the agriculture. Bring your own toilet paper - one area you do not want to be unprepared...

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  • A lot of these travel sights...

    A lot of these travel sights promote Fresno as Yosimite National Park, which it is not. In no way am i trying to critisize the other travelers for reffering to Fresno as Yosimite. But, Fresno is simply Fresno. A city located an hour and a half away from Yosimite. This picture is Fresno City College.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Fresno Off The Beaten Path

  • Chinatown tunnels

    The stuff of urban legends, the chinatown tunnels are mostly passageways between the basements in old buildings. Radar archaeology in 2007 verified their existence. Many have been partially closed by various property owners. There are no organized tours, though a guided tour of Chinatown tunnels was auctioned of at the Chinatown Jazz Festival to be...

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  • World's Smallest Catholic Parish

    St. Genevieve's Catholic Church was built in 1938 for the Chinese community. It was given one block of real estate as parish boundries, making it the smallest parish in the world. It is, I believe, the only Catholic church in the USA specifically a Chinese parish. You can drive by and see it at the corner of Tulare & C street, just west of...

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  • William Saroyan's Gravesite

    For those of you who don't know William Saroyan (1908-1981), he is an American author and playwrite who was born in Fresno, California. William was a son of an Armenian immigrant and a small vineyard owner in Fresno who died shortly after William was born. Perhaps the most famous novel written by Saroyan is "The Human Comedy" read by most students...

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Fresno Sports & Outdoors

  • Fresno Bike trails

    Fresno has 2 major bike trails, the Sugar Pine and Lewis Eaton that almost intersect (within a block ) at Woodward park. the Sugar Pine trails is the longest at almost 11 miles

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  • Fresno Grizzlies

    Playing in the downtown Chukansi park, this triple A SF giants affiliate is Fresno's major sports team.

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  • SANQUIN VALLEY IS BEAUTIFUL IN ITSELF

    IT ONLY TAKES 2 HOUR TO GET TO THE MOUNTAINS-THEME PARKS-COASTAL AREAS-EXCEPTIONAL RESTURANTS IN FRESNO. THE FRESNO AIR TERMINAL HAS GREAT PEOPLE WORKING THERE -IT IS VERY ORGINIZED AND A RELAXING PLACE TO TRAVEL IN OR OUT OF ALL THE AGRICULTURE-THE BEAUTY OF LIVING THINGS. BEING ABLE TO GO TO MONTEREY COAST ANYTIME I WANT-2 HOURS AWAY, THE MOST...

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  • Cherry Avenue Auction. It's...

    Cherry Avenue Auction. It's been a while since I've gone so I can't remember what days it's held on (I believe Tuesdays and Saturdays) but if you like bartering, fresh produce and good food(for the most part Mexican and Asian) this is about as good as you can get in town, maybe even in the state.

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  • If you like music, listen to...

    If you like music, listen to the radio station KFSR 90.7 FM. This is a college radio station run by California State University, Fresno students. They play all types of music. If you like undergroud Hip Hop listen on Friday Night from 9pm-12. Or you can listen via the internet at Nibblebox.com. Hotline #559.278.4082. I live here. i have a infinite...

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