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Fresno Introduction


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Fresno, California, lies in the center of one of the most productive agricultural regions in the U.S.: Trucks piled high with tomatoes or melons pass cars on the highway, many businesses in Fresno are farm-related, and "agrotourism"—tours of farms, orchards and wineries—is popular with visitors, especially families.  Click here to see the full Fresno travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fresno Geography


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Fresno is located in the San Joaquin Valley in central California. To the east are the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which are snow-capped most of the year. A flat agricultural plain extends to the west. The city is laid out in a grid pattern that is fairly easy to navigate.  Click here to see the full Fresno travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fresno History


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Once a dry desert, Fresno was discovered when the Spanish missionaries were searching for suitable sites for what was to later become 21 missions through the length of California. Fresno County was established in 1856, but the town of Fresno only emerged as the county seat in 1874. (In 1873, an inventory revealed that Fresno had a total of 16 buildings.) Although many saw the potential of the area for agriculture, the soil was arid, and efforts to grow wheat and other crops were unsuccessful. In 1871, the Fresno Canal and Irrigation Company was formed, and other canal and damming efforts followed. With irrigation canals in place, agricultural ventures flourished over the next few decades, and Fresno and the Central Valley became known as producers of wheat, grapes and raisins, citrus and cattle.   Click here to see the full Fresno travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fresno Sightseeing & Things to Do


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For the best of Fresno's agricultural heritage, visit Simonian Farms on Clovis Avenue, where you can see some of the 158 varieties of produce grown there and take a look at the antique farm equipment on the premises. Or, during harvesting season, explore the Fresno Fruit Trail on a self-guided tour of farms, orchards, country stores and more.  Click here to see the full Fresno travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fresno Nightlife


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Despite the fact that there are several colleges in town, Fresno's nightlife is laid-back. The Tower District is bustling on weekend nights, thanks to live bands playing at the Tower Theater. Otherwise, you're more likely to find food and pool tables than dance bands at late-night hangouts.  Click here to see the full Fresno travel guide on Travel42 »

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Fresno Restaurants & Dining


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You'll find a variety of cuisines in Fresno, but casual, American-style food is popular. Bars and grills with hearty steaks and prime ribs rule the day. Steak houses such as Logan's Roadhouse and the more upscale Livingstone's Restaurant and Pub are popular. Guilia's and La Rocca's Ristorante Italiano are both well-known Italian restaurants (they're rumored to be owned by the same family). The large Armenian population in the city means that you'll find restaurants that offer Armenian food. Basque cuisine, a reflection of the Basque shepherd tradition in the area, is another favorite.  Click here to see the full Fresno travel guide on Travel42 »

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