Downtown Fresno hotel a seven-minute walk from the convention center has a restaurant and a heated outdoor pool, plus a free airport shuttle
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Hotel at a Glance: 3.5-Star Top Secret Hotel in Downtown Fresno
With its free airport shuttle and a location downtown, this hotel is a convenient home base for visiting Fresno and the region’s national parks. It’s also within walking distance of the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center and a minor-league-baseball stadium.
- Best way to unwind: swimming in the heated outdoor pool
- Where to eat: Zest California Grill & Bar serves up mahi-mahi tacos and ribs with housemade barbecue sauce.
- Staying fit: The gym is open 24 hours a day.
- Scenic spot: The hotel is near Courthouse Park, where walking paths wind around monuments.
Fresno, California: Valley City Close to Three National Parks
As one of the largest cities in central California’s San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is a hub for travelers headed to nearby national forests and parks. It’s considered one of the gateways to Yosemite National Park, located roughly 60 miles north. The park’s 1,200 square miles of wilderness are peppered with waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, and granite cliffs—one reason Travel + Leisure considers the park one of America’s Best Family Getaways. Biking and hiking trails crisscross Yosemite, which also plays host to horseback riders, rock climbers, and, in winter, cross-country skiers.
There are two other national parks within easy driving distance of Fresno: Sequoia and Kings Canyon. These sister parks lie in the Sierra Nevada mountains and are home to deep canyons, caves, and some of the world’s largest trees. You’ll see the largest one—the 275-foot General Sherman—while strolling on wildflower-fringed paths through Sequioa’s Giant Forest. For an unparalleled view of the Sierra Nevadas, hike up the 400 steps chiseled into the granite of Moro Rock within Sequoia National Park.