- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Fresno is the fifth largest city in California and sits in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley. The city was formed just after the California Gold Rush in 1856 and was named after the large number of ash trees that sit along the side of the San Joaquin river. The city has mild, moist winters and summers that are hot and dry, these attract a lot of people as it rarely gets below freezing more than a couple of times a year.
Take A Look Around The underground Gardens
Forestiere Underground Gardens are both an interesting and unusual tourist attraction. The underground gardens are the life-long work of Baldassare Forestiere. Forestiere ran away from his home town of Sicily and arrived in America in 1901. Once here he spent all of his spare time digging this underground maze of patios, gardens and grottos. The gardens were created without plan and each room designed as the work progressed. For forty years the work continued until he reached this amazing creation we see today. There are many fruit trees to be seen, including oranges, lemons and grapefruits.
Meet The Animals At Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Fresno Chaffee Zoo started its life as a home for unwanted pets rather than an official zoo. The history is a little uncertain as no official records have been kept but it would appear as though the beginning was in 1908. As time went by more animals were donated and an amphitheater was built. In 1929 the zoo became officially recognized and opened its doors as the Roeding Park Zoo. The zoo has continued to expand over the decades and recently an ‘African Adventure’ area was created that doubled the size of the zoo and included elephants, cheetahs, gorillas and more.
Awaken Your Spirit At Yosemite National Park
Every year more than 3 million people come to visit the Yosemite National Park, most of these visit the Yosemite Valley which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The National Park covers a huge 747,956 acres and goes all the way across to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Throughout the world the area is famous for the incredible granite cliffs and beautiful waterfalls. There is over 800 miles of trails in the park that range from a small easy walk to a multi-day grueling hike over various park mountains