| 07/01/2021 | Family Friendly, National Parks, Stay, Things to Do


We always look forward to welcoming visitors, to seeing our sidewalk cafes bustling with diners, and to be helping travelers with tips, maps and ideas for their trip to Visalia and our local national parks. 

According to travel expert Samantha Brown, American workers left an average of 33% of their paid time off on the table last year. We don’t want that to happen again this year! So, make plans for for summer vacation or even for a weekend getaway. Put it on the calendar and commit to getting outside. You deserve it. Your kids deserve it. 

In 2021, we challenge you to explore new places, go deeper in to our national parks, try something new to eat and to have experiences like you’ve never had before. Discover what you’ve been missing! We look forward welcoming you and having you discover Visalia.

Many people come from all over the world to visit Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks to see the giant sequoias and the largest living thing on earth:  The General Sherman Tree. But there is so much more to see and do. Our list of Top 9 Places to see has some of the most popular destinations. This year though, make a plan to visit these under-the-radar places in the parks:

The Road's End
Boyden Cavern
9 Top Sights in Sequoia NP

Visalia’s location at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains means there are lots of places to explore outdoors. From the valley, to the foothills and to high up in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks there are paths, trails, meadows, preserves, highways and byways waiting to be discovered. This means that hikers, walkers and even casual meanderers have plenty of trails to explore. Here are three places to take a hike this year:

Sequoia Legacy Tree
Lake Kaweah
Take a Stargazing Tour

It’s been a while since the family has piled in the car for summer vacation, or any vacation for that matter. As the world begins to reopen, explore some of the family friendly attractions in and around Visalia.

Visalia Adventure Park
Farmer Bob's World
Imagine U Children's Museum

From our agricultural roots, comes inspiration for Visalia’s restaurants. Local chefs use the local in-season ingredients to craft delicious menus. Explore the diverse food scene in Visalia and try these local favorites:

                Quesadilla Gorilla: Order the ‘Dilla-of-the day or create your own favorite

                The Planing Mill: From the Yeti to the Thai Pie, this is not your ordinary pizza parlor

Davorn’s Place: Taste the best in Lao, Thai and Vietnamese Food

Quesadilla Gorilla
The Planing Mill
Davorn's Place

Visalia has a wide assortment of hotels to make your stay a vacation. And they are easy to search, compare and book right on our website.

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