Places to Visit: Fresno California

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Fresno CA

Not far from Yosemite National Park you’ll find Fresno, California, where you can stop and explore this fabulous city’s attractions, and find numerous outdoor activities for the whole family.

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  • Fresno, California, has many attractions and numerous outdoor activities for the whole family
  • Only about an hour and 45 minutes from Yosemite National Park
  • Discover comfortable lodging options and lots of choices in dining
  • Go to Millerton Lake for boating, swimming and water-skiing
  • Take the kids to Chaffee Zoological Gardens


Fresno is the fifth largest city in California and the 35th largest city in the United States. There are many exciting activities and attractions here that make it an interesting side trip from Yosemite when vacationing in the Sierra Nevada.


Fresno, California is located at the junction of California Highways 41 and 99, south of Yosemite National Park.


There is no lack of accommodations in and around Fresno. There is plenty of lodging that will fit any need and budget. You’ll find everything from the usual big name motel and hotel chains to quiet family-operated lodgings.

In this large city, the visitor will discover numerous taste-tempting choices in dining. Ethnic foods, pizza, bakeries, fast foods or distinctive fine dining - the choice is yours.


  • Millerton Lake
    Only 10 miles north of Clovis, Millerton Lake offers many exciting recreational opportunities, such as boating, swimming and water skiing.
  • Island Water Park
    Cool off by taking to these water slides and fun rides, play miniature golf or experience the excitement of the arcade and amusement park.


  • Chaffee Zoological Gardens
    In addition to a great zoo, you can also see Ross Laird’s Winged Wonders Bird Show. Let the children get up close and personal with fascinating animals.
  • Kearney Park
    Home to the historic Kearney Mansion, this park is the largest in Fresno. You can also see the annual Civil War reenactment, which is the largest on the west coast.
  • Woodward Park
    Stroll the beautiful Japanese gardens in Woodward Park and take in the tranquil surroundings.

Getting Here

To get to Yosemite National Park from Fresno, take California Highway 41 north to the southern entrance to the park. The drive takes about an hour and 45 minutes.