Where To Stay
- Holiday Inn AirportFresno is better enjoyed when you stay at the Holiday Inn Fresno Airport. Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, you'll be pleased with your experience. You'll enjoy amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, a 24-hour free shuttle to the Fresno Airport, and the Skyline Lounge inside the hotel.
- Holiday Inn Express ClovisHoliday Inn Express Clovis is a very popular hotel located near the Fresno International Airport. It has gained its popularity from the atmosphere, location, cleanliness, and many amenities offered. Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, the Holiday Inn Express Clovis will meet your traveling needs and likely make you want to return someday.
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About Fresno Yosemite International Airport
Located roughly 6 miles from downtown Fresno, Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is considered the gateway to three national parks: Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park. Not only does FAT serve California's Central San Joaquin Valley, it is also the closest airport to the town of Yosemite (100 miles from the south entrance of the world-famous Yosemite National Park). Eight air carriers provide nonstop service from FAT to 10 domestic and international destinations.
If you're driving once you touch down in Fresno, it's helpful to know FAT, also called FYI after Fresno Yosemite International. Fresno Airport is close to Highway 99 (northbound take Freeway 180 exit; southbound take the Freeway 41 and exit north at Interchange 180 east). Visitors might notice that after recent renovations, the airport now features a consolidated rental car facility, expanded lobby and security checkpoint areas, modernized ticket counters, baggage claim and walls covered in scenic photos of Yosemite and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley.
Choose from a wide range of hotels near Fresno Yosemite International Airport. Soak in the California sun on the outdoor pool at Holiday Inn Airport, located less than a half-mile from FAT. There's also a Skyline Lounge inside for guests who want to kick back for a drink. Another popular hotel is Holiday Inn Express Clovis, known for its cleanliness and great location. Whether you're in town for business or leisure, this hotel will meet your traveling needs.
Welcome to Fresno
Fresno is the economic and cultural center of San Joaquin Valley. With a population of about 509,000, Fresno is the largest inland city and fifth largest overall in California. In Spanish, Fresno means "ash tree," and the ash leaf is featured on the city's flag. It is home to California State University. Business travelers will like to know that as the No. 1 agricultural county in the county, Fresno County produces more than 350 commercial crops, bringing in more than $6.8 billion in 2011. The weather as bountiful as the crops, with temperatures reaching the 90s in the summer and averages rarely dipping below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter.
Many travelers use Fresno as a launching-off point for the nearby national parks. Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks are all accessible within a 90-minute drive, offering miles of hiking trails, gorgeous mountains and lush lakes. Adventure buffs enjoy white water rafting and rock climbing while laid-back visitors can go canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
Things to Do in Fresno
Besides the nearby national parks, Fresno has plenty of attractions to keep visitors entertained. Head to the Forestiere Underground Gardens to cool off in subterranean gardens that feature flora courts that weave behind the home built by Baldassare Forestiere in the early 1900s. Another popular outdoor option is Woodward Regional Park where visitors can explore plant life, hike or go birding around the ponds. If you're visiting with kids, be sure to swing by Fresno Chaffee Zoo, one of Central Valley's top zoos. Youngsters also love Island Waterpark, complete with numerous slides and aquatic activities.
To glean a bit of history of the region, make your way to Kearney Mansion Museum, a historic site that reflects the early 1900s charm. A few miles away, Meux Home Museum was once the home a Civil War-era surgeon. Art buffs might enjoy Fresno Art Museum, a small but interesting building that features pre-Columbian textiles and Mexican ceramics among other artwork.