Although most visitors to the Northern California tend to stick to the coastal cities, some of the inland areas are well worth exploring. One of these is the beautiful city of Fresno, which is located in Central California between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Nestled in the center of the San Joaquin Valley, this is the largest inland city in the state and is simply buzzing with activity.
The city was named after the abundance of mountain ash trees that line the San Joaquin River, with the word ‘Fresno’ translating into the Spanish-language word for the ash tree. Nature holds a strong presence in Fresno as it is ideally located within close proximity to the Yosemite National Park, the Sierra National Forest, Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park.
These beautiful parks add to the pleasant vibe and atmosphere that is present in Fresno and add to its position as the “Gateway for visitors to Los Angeles”.
Yosemite National Park
Travel for around an hour north of Fresno and you will come across Yosemite National Park, which is one of the country’s first wilderness parks. Although this park is best known for its wonderful waterfalls, it is also home to some incredible deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias and an extremely vast wilderness area.
This stunning example of Mother Nature is regarded as a shrine to human fore site and it is through the strength of the granite, the power of the glaciers and the tranquility of the high Sierra that we can truly appreciate just how amazing nature is.