Fresno Summer Staycation Spots
Summer vacation looks a bit different this year so I'm helping you embrace the STAY-cation!
We're all trying to stay closer to home this year and while that might mean your typical summer vacation was canceled, it doesn't mean there's no way to enjoy the summer. So, I've compiled a list of staycation spots within driving distance of Fresno. Stay safe and enjoy!
1. San Joaquin River
Prominently flowing through Fresno County as an important source of irrigation water for the famously rich and abundant farmland in the central valley, is the San Joaquin River. Thanks to the San Joaquin River Parkway and Trust, there are abounding opportunities to enjoy the river, whether you choose to partake in a water sport, discover its wildlife on a nature walk, or simply admire its beauty.
2. Millerton Lake
Just twenty miles northeast of Fresno is Millerton Lake. Enjoy all your favorite water sports here, including boating, swimming, and fishing. The area is also a hiking-hotspot for locals. “Photo by Katie Bayliss”
3. Shaver Lake
Further north in the Sierra Nevada is Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake. Shaver may be reached within an hour from the Fresno/Clovis area. If a quintessential day on the lake is what you’re after—Shaver is the destination for you. Jet ski, canoe, water ski, wakeboard, or round up your friends and family for a good time relaxing on a pontoon boat. If you don’t have your own, the area is stocked with businesses to rent a boat or other water sport equipment.
4. Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park is the park of superlatives. Visitors from Fresno can access the park through the same entrance as Kings Canyon, then head south on Highway 198.Entry to the Park is $30. Within the park is the largest living on earth– the General Sherman Tree. At approximately 2.7 million pounds, this mammoth tree is a sight to behold. The General Sherman is located in The Giant Forest, which is the largest grove of Giant Sequoia Trees on earth, and a must-see attraction. Nearby, Moro Rock is a large granite dome offering an unparalleled view of the Great Western Divide and its many canyons. Also in Sequoia National Park is the famous Mt. Whitney. At 14,494 feet, it is the highest point in the contiguous United States.
For more information call (559) 565-3341 or visit www.nps.gov/seki
5. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is considered by many to be the crown jewel of The Sierra, and features the world-famous Yosemite Valley. The Tunnel View turnout at the eastern end of the Wawona Tunnel of Highway 41 is one of the most photographed vistas on Earth. It provides a classic view of Yosemite Valley, including landmarks such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Falls. Yosemite Falls drops 2,425 feet, making it the highest waterfall in North America. Badger Pass ski resort offers skiing/snowboarding near the historic valley. The park is located on Highway 41, 92 miles north of Fresno, Yosemite is open year-round and offers a wide range of activities depending on the season.
Admission is $30 per car. For more information call (209) 372-0200 or visit www.nps.gov/yose.
6. Local Wineries
Sip your way through the Fresno County Wine Journey and neighboring Madera Wine Trail.
Approximately one-fifth of the total wine grapes grown in California are grown in Fresno County. This makes the area one of California's top destinations for wine lovers, with thirteen wineries along the Fresno County Wine Journey (also including two breweries and a distillery).
Savor each stop along the Journey. Summer months offer nights of live music, food trucks, dinners and award-winning wines. Search wineries here.