Flights to Fresno
Fresno is a city in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California, about 200 miles (322km) north of Los Angeles. This is the fifth largest city in the state and as well as acting as a gateway for destinations like Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, Fresno has its own share of attractions too.
The airport in Fresno is the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (airport code: FAT), just outside the city. There is no public bus service, but you can rent a car or hail a taxi for quick access into Fresno. Flights to Fresno usually have two connections from South Africa, like a flight with Virgin Atlantic that stops in London and San Francisco. Another option is with Delta Airlines, and their flights to Fresno travel through Atlanta and then Phoenix.
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The Tourist Attractions in Fresno:
Fresno does have a number of tourist attractions but to many visitors from overseas it’s best known as an excellent access point to some of the country’s greatest national parks. Fresno is one of the closest major cities to places like Yosemite National Park and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, as well as being close to miles of amazing scenery in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and places like Sierra Nevada Forest. With all this within relatively easy reach of Fresno you can understand why flights to Fresno are popular with travellers wanting to enjoy the great American outdoors!
While you’re in Fresno why not enjoy some of the city’s additional attractions? The city is well endowed with museums for example, covering a variety of themes. There’s the Fresno Art Museum, the African-American Museum of the San Joaquin Valley, and the Discovery Center, as well as several mansion museums where you can get to see some impressive mansions houses.
The Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science is the largest museum in Fresno though, and actually the largest museum between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It’s housed within the smart 1922 built Fresno Bee Building. As the name suggests, the museum features both art and science including the Reeves ASK Science Center which has many hands-on science exhibits and is popular with children.
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Probably the most unique attraction in Fresno is the Forestiere Underground Gardens. Built by a Sicilian immigrant over the course of 40 years from 1906, this attraction is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is quite intriguing to visitors, whether young or old! Consisting of numerous underground rooms and courtyards, many home to plants and fruit trees, these were built as a hobby and as a way for the builder Maldasare Forestiere, to escape the high summer heat.
When Should You Visit?:
Fresno has a climate similar to Mediterranean though slightly dryer than a typical Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot with next to no rainfall occurring between May and September. July is the hottest month of the year when the average high temperature is 36C. During the winter the temperatures are mild and pleasant and there is some rainfall, however if you’re coming to Fresno to enjoy the surrounding mountains bear in mind that these will be snowy and considerably colder.