Visit Fresno, CA.

When you land at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, you’re almost in the exact geographical center of California. You’re also within easy reach of three different national parks, each one teeming with endless adventure possibilities. But before you don your hiking gear and get going out of town, take some time to get the feel of Fresno. Consider flashing back to the mid-century with a visit to downtown’s Fulton Street, site of one of the country’s first pedestrian malls.

When it’s time for your outward-bound boots to hit the road, you can choose from three pristine national parks: Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks. Visitors to Yosemite won’t have to chase any waterfalls—they’re plentiful and waiting for you to marvel at their sheer power. If you prefer land over water, Sequoia National Park’s giant trees are the sight for you to see. Panoramic and birds’ eye views of the mountains await—pick from one of the many designated viewpoints along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. Whether you choose to explore each park during your visit to San Joaquin Valley or prefer to spend your time in only one, Mother Nature always has something new for you to witness.

You don’t have to leave Fresno for picture-perfect parks, though. Woodward Park, regional park and bird sanctuary, is located right on the northwest side of town. Amenities include a large amphitheater, a dog park, several playgrounds, and even a horse-riding trail. The Shinzen Japanese Gardens are the perfect place to take a packed picnic before you skip rocks across one of the ponds. If you want to dip into the culture of Fresno, head to the Tower District neighborhood. Named for the historic theatre in its center, the Tower District is home to restaurants, eclectic nightlife, and wide-ranging subculture scenes.

Start your next tour of California’s beautiful national parks by booking a flight with Southwest. Southwest Airlines has flights to Fresno Yosemite International Airport to help make your visit to the San Joaquin Valley even easier to plan. And when you book with Southwest, know that you can book with confidence. Discover more about what makes the Southwest® Experience so unique and reserve your upcoming flight to Fresno, CA.

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Things to do in Fresno, CA.

Nearby national parks
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
Performing arts excursions
  • Children’s Musical Theatreworks
  • Fresno Philharmonic
  • Youth Orchestras of Fresno
Can’t-miss museums
  • Armenian Museum of Fresno
  • Fresno Art Museum
  • Meux Home Museum

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