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Fresno is the county seat for Fresno County, which is located in the heart of the vast, fertile San Joaquin Valley. The town of Fresno lies along Highway 99 on the banks of the San Joaquin River, near Millerton Lake and the Pine Flat Reservoir. Spanish, for the word ash tree, Fresno's first white settlers were forty-niners who arrived during the 1848 California gold rush. The county was founded in 1856 and the city was established with the Central Pacific Railroads arrival in 1872. Today, Fresno is the hub of a county that is called the "raisin capital of the world," and the nations most diversified agricultural producer. Attractions in the city of Fresno include The William Saroyan Gallery, housed in the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, History and Science, also Fresno's Chinatown, the Downtown Planetarium, the Chaffee Zoological Gardens, and the Fresno Art Museum. The city of Fresno is also considered the jumping-off point to Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks. No other city in the nation has three major national parks right at its backdoor. The San Joaquin River, which flows through the town of Fresno, is one of two major rivers that flow into the north end of the San Francisco Bay. It rises on the slopes of Mount Goddard in the Kings Canyon National Park and flows first northward, then southward out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The river is a popular recreation spot, especially at Millerton Lake, which was formed by the river behind Friant Dam.

Surrounding areas: Shaver Lake, California (35.0 mi), Coarsegold, California (35.8 mi)

Fresno Vacation Rentals

Fresno Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Garden Court Inn2141 N Pkwy DrFresno, CA (559) 237-1881
Best Western Water4141 N Blackstone AveFresno, CA (559) 222-4445
Comfort Inn5455 W Shaw AveFresno, CA (559) 275-2374
Comfort Suites102 E Herndon AveFresno, CA (559) 435-5650
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Fresno North6065 N Thesta AveFresno, CA (559) 435-5838
Courtyard By Marriott Fresno140 E Shaw AveFresno, CA (559) 221-6000
Crossland3460 W Shaw AveFresno, CA (559) 277-8700
Days Inn Fresno South2640 S 2nd StFresno, CA (559) 237-6644
Days Inn1101 N Pkwy DrFresno, CA (559) 268-6211
Days Inn4061 Blackstone StFresno, CA (559) 222-5641
Doubletree Hotel - Fresno1055 Van Ness AveFresno, CA (559) 485-9000
Econo Lodge445 N Pkwy DrFresno, CA (559) 485-5019
Econo Lodge6309 N Blackstone AveFresno, CA (559) 439-0320
Economy Inns Of America5021 N Barcus AveFresno, CA (559) 276-1910
Extended Stay America7135 N Fresno StFresno, CA (559) 438-7105
Four Points Hotel By Sheraton-fresno3737 N Blackstone AveFresno, CA (559) 226-2200
Fresno Residence Inn5322 North Diana AveFresno, CA (559) 222-8900
Hampton Inn Fresno1551 N Peach AveFresno, CA (559) 251-5200
Holiday Inn Express & Suites-River Park7115 N Howard StFresno, CA (559) 577-1350
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites5046 N BarcusFresno, CA (559) 277-5700
Holiday Inn Fresno Airport5090 E ClintonFresno, CA (559) 252-3611
Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites4949 N Forestiere AveFresno, CA (559) 277-3888
Knights Inn3093 N Pkwy DrFresno, CA (559) 275-7766
La Quinta Motor Inn2926 Tulare StFresno, CA (559) 442-1110
Motel 6 #0064245 N Blackstone AveFresno, CA (559) 221-0800
Motel 61240 N Crystal AveFresno, CA (559) 237-0855
Motel 64080 N Blackstone AveFresno, CA (559) 222-2431
Piccadilly Inn Airport5115 E Mckinley AveFresno, CA (559) 251-6000
Piccadilly Inn Express5113 E Mckinley AveFresno, CA (559) 456-1418
Piccadilly Inn Hotels Shaw2305 W Shaw AveFresno, CA (559) 266-3850
Piccadilly Inn University4961 N Cedar AveFresno, CA (559) 224-4200
Quality Inn & Suites480 E Shaw AveFresno, CA (559) 229-5811
Quality Inn4278 W Ashlan AveFresno, CA (559) 275-2727
Raddison Hotel & Conference Center2233 VenturaFresno, CA (559) 268-1000
Ramada Inn University324 E ShawFresno, CA (800) 241-0756
Rodeway Inn949 N Pkwy DrFresno, CA (559) 268-0363
Rodeway Inn6730 N BlackstoneFresno, CA (559) 431-3557
San Joaquin Hotel1309 W ShawFresno, CA (559) 225-1309
Super 8 Motel2127 Inyo StFresno, CA (559) 268-0621
Super 8 Motel-fresno-hwy 991087 N Pkwy DrFresno, CA (559) 268-0741

Fresno Weather & Climate

The heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, has generally mild weather throughout the year. Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and cool. Elevations above 5,000 feet, near the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Forests, have snow from November through March. The lower regions experience precipitation in the form of rain during these months. Fog can sometimes be a problem in the wintertime when a condition known as "tule fog" can linger for days at a time. The lower valley region is known as the number one agricultural region in the world, where over 250 different crops are grown on one million irrigated acres.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 53°F 38°F 2.16 in. -
February 61°F 41°F 2.12 in. -
March 66°F 44°F 2.20 in. -
April 74°F 48°F 0.76 in. -
May 82°F 54°F 0.39 in. -
June 90°F 61°F 0.23 in. -
July 96°F 66°F 0.01 in. -
August 94°F 64°F 0.01 in. -
September 88°F 60°F 0.26 in. -
October 78°F 51°F 0.65 in. -
November 63°F 42°F 1.10 in. -
December 53°F 37°F 1.34 in. -

Fresno Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Fresno Yosemite International airport (FAT) located about 3 miles northeast of Fresno, the Madera Municipal airport (MAE) located approximately 25 miles northwest of Fresno in Madera, California, the Visalia Municipal airport (VIS) located roughly 36 miles southeast of Fresno in Visalia, California, Merced Municipal Macready Field (MCE) located around 55 miles northwest of Fresno in Merced, California, the Castle airport (MER) located about 61 miles northwest of Fresno in Merced, California, the Porterville Municipal airport (PTV) located approximately 63 miles southeast of Fresno in Porterville, California, and finally the Delano Municipal airport (DLO) located roughly 75 miles south of Fresno in Delano, California.

Fresno Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Blackbeard's Family Entertainment CenterFresnoCA 
Rotary PlaylandFresnoCA 
Water Parks
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA 
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA6.6 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA82.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Airways Golf CourseFresnoCA 
Fig Garden Golf CourseFresnoCA 
Hanks Swank Par Three Golf CourseFresnoCA 
Palm Lakes Golf CourseFresnoCA 
Riverside Golf Course of FresnoFresnoCA 
Village Green Golf CourseFresnoCA 
Sun & Sky Country ClubBarstowCA11.3 mi.
Sherwood Forest Golf CourseSangerCA12.7 mi.
Selma Valley Golf CourseSelmaCA15.2 mi.
Fresno West Golf CourseKermanCA15.6 mi.
Brighton Crest Country ClubFriantCA16.4 mi.
Madera Municipal Golf CourseMaderaCA21.3 mi.
Riverbend Golf ClubMaderaCA21.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA76.3 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA81.0 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA108.7 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA119.5 mi.
Fresno Metropolitan MuseumFresnoCA(Multidisciplinary)
Fresno Art MuseumFresnoCA(Art)
Bonita Museum & Cultural CenterBonitaCA27.6 mi.(History)
Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark CenterHanfordCA29.9 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA 
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA100.4 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA118.1 mi.

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