Fresno, which is Spanish for "ash tree"), is a major California city. It is the County seat in Fresno County, and the largest municipality in the greater Central Valley area. It is approximately 112 miles (290 km2) in area and was home to 542,107 people in 2020.
Fresno is named after the abundance of ash trees that line the San Joaquin River. It was established in 1872 as a station on the Central Pacific Railroad. This railroad was incorporated 1885. It is now the economic center of Fresno County, the San Joaquin Valley and a large part of the Metropolitan Fresno region. Large-scale agricultural production is the predominant industry in the area. Fresno lies near the center of California. It is approximately 220 mi (350 km), north of Los Angeles and 170 miles (269 km) south from the state capital, Sacramento. It is also 185 miles (390 km) southeast San Francisco. Yosemite National Park lies about 60 miles (100km) to its north, Kings Canyon National Park sixty miles (100km) to its east, and Sequoia National Park 75 mile (120 km) southeast.
Fresno is the capital of Central California's San Joaquin Valley. Fresno, like much of California's agricultural region, is a major center of agriculture. Fresno offers an eclectic mix of outdoor and urban activities, often combining its sunny weather with a bounty of tourist attractions.
Baldassare Forestiere, a Sicilian immigrant who started to build these underground gardens, was in the early 1900s. He constructed patios and grottos as well as all the intricate stonework himself. Forestiere created a unique underground labyrinth with passageways and planters that allowed him to grow many fruit-bearing trees after 40 years of subterranean labor.
Roeding Park is three miles north of downtown. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo can be found within it. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums has accredited it and there are many exhibits such as the Wilderness Falls and African Adventure. Some of the most notable residents include warthogs, orangutans and tigers.
The popular park covers 300 acres in the north of the city. The park features a bird sanctuary and an authentic Japanese garden. There are also many reservable pavilions. The park is connected by paved roads and dirt trails that connect to other picnic areas and water bodies.
The Tower District, located northwest of downtown, is known for its nightlife and delicious dining. This diverse neighborhood was named after the Tower Theatre which is still visible at an intersection at East Olive Avenue. It is the main thoroughfare of the district.
Fresno's spring brings some color, especially in the fruit and nuts orchards to the southeast. The Fresno Blossom Trail is a great example of the region's abundance in agriculture.
It is known for its agricultural bounty and 1.88 million acres, which are some of the most productive farms in the world. Fresno County boasts more than 10,000 hotels and many state of the art sporting and meeting venues.
Roanoke offers a great place to visit for tourists. This is true whether you are a culture vulture who wants to see amazing museums and unique attractions, or an active vacationer who values outdoor adventure.
Roanoke was so fast a city that it earned the nickname of "Magic City". The Mill Mountain Star (also known as the Roanoke Star) is the second-largest illuminated man-made star in the world. It was built in 1949 at Mill Mountain, Roanoke, Virginia.
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