5 great day trips from Fresno

Fresno, located in California’s Central Valley, is a city that is not on a lot people’s radar. With its growing population (it’s the 5th-most populous city in California!) and a federal courthouse, I’ve had friends relocate there recently and have noticed a lack of information on fun places to visit while there.

With a central location, Fresno has some really incredible day trips within your reach (if you aren’t afraid of some time in the car!). Here are 5 great day trips you can take from Fresno.

Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park is one of the beautiful places on the planet and located about 2 hours away from Fresno. Be sure to arrive early to take advantage of some truly amazing hiking trails and bring your camera too.

Sequoia National Park


Sequoia National Park, which is adjacent to to Kings Canyon National Park, is home to Hume Lake and some amazing sights. While only Hume Lake is reachable for a day trip, it’s a great getaway if you’re looking for some boating fun.

San Luis Obispo County

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Whether it’s wine tasting in Paso Robles or exploring the Hearst Castle, the rolling hills of San Luis Obispo County make for an awesome day trip, especially if you want to get some sun.

Kings Canyon National Park

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If you want to get out in the mountains, check out Kings Canyon National Park, which is located on the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. There are some amazing hikes in Kings Canyon, including part of the John Muir Trail.



Boasting a beautiful harbor and one of the best aquariums in California, Monterey makes for an amazing day trip. Though slightly long (you can make it in a little over 2 hours if you get lucky with traffic), you won’t regret checking out this amazing coastal town.

If these day trips aren’t enough for you, you can always check out these homes for sale in Fresno, CA¬†and think about making it your permanent base.