With so much land to explore and Fresno enviable weather, some of the best recreational activities in the country can be enjoyed in Fresno year round. Fresno includes world famous locations like Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. Explore Fresno’s vast network of hiking and biking trails, or improve your skiing and snowboarding skills at China Perk are all only short drives away. 

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NATIONAL PARKS

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. In Yosemite Village are shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area.

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NORTHEAST FRESNO 

WOODWARD PARK

Woodward Park is a public park located in Fresno, California, abutting the San Joaquin River. It is the largest of the three major public parks in the Fresno area. Ralph Woodward donated the majority of the land for the park in 1968. The CIF Cross Country State Championships are hosted here every November. In addition to the Cross-Country State Championships, Woodward Park also plays host to the Woodward Shakespeare Festival – for Shakespeare in the Park. The performances take place on the WSF Stage near the Friant/Fort Washington Entrance, and showcase a number of familiar titles. The company has held over 311 performances in the park and is currently in their 11th season.

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SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

Sequoia National Park is adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park in California’s southern Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s known for its huge sequoia trees, notably the General Sherman Tree dominating the Giant Forest. The underground Crystal Cave features streams and striking rock formations. Moro Rock is a granite dome offering sweeping park views. Nearby is the Tunnel Tree, a toppled tree cut to accommodate the road.

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KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Kings Canyon National Park is adjacent to Sequoia National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s known for its huge sequoia trees, notably the gigantic General Grant Tree in Grant Grove. To the east, Cedar Grove is surrounded by towering granite canyon walls. From here, trails lead to Zumwalt Meadow along the Kings River, and to Roaring River Falls. The park is home to rattlesnakes, bears and cougars.

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