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Two Days in Fresno

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People from different zones have different beliefs, tastes, opinions, preferences, notions, and style. Likewise, they have their own favorites be it a place to hang out, a politician, a celebrity, a TV show, music, food, or color. Surprisingly, if we talk about favorite holiday destination in California, there are countless number of people who wants to make it to Fresno. Yes, there are endless number of tourist spots to think about, but Fresno is amongst those US cities that pop into people's heads at first place. But, how to plan an unforgettable trip to this sought-after city when you have got only 48 hours in your hands. There is no need to worry about. Follow this comprehensive 48-hour itinerary to make the most out of your journey and beat the clock.

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Day 1 in Fresno

8:00 am: Its sports time
Roll out by 8:00 '0' clock and hit the grounds of Regional Sports Complex which offers you 110 acres of fields to play baseball, soccer, and softball. Try your hand on a few sports and games and get your body ready and fit enough to embark on your journey ahead.

Address: 1707 West Jensen Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706
9:00 am: Coffee with yummy breakfast
After a great start with sports session, gratify your growling stomach with the luscious French and American breakfast at Mimi's Cafe. You can also sip on its refreshing energy drinks along with the flavorsome breakfast.

Address: 2777 South Elm Avenue, Caruthers, CA 93609
Phone: 559.439.2669
Website: www.mimiscafe.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Friday (7:00 am-10:00 pm); Saturday and Sunday (7:00 am-11:00 pm)
Distance and time from Regional Sports Complex: 3 miles or 6 minutes drive

10:00 am: Animals and Birds-Cutest Companions
It's time to spend a few hours with the innocent and beautiful animals and birds at Fresno Chaffee Zoo. You will be amazed to see that how playful and adorable they are. You will surely fall for their activities and stunts that are indeed mind-boggling.

Address: 894 West Belmont Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728
Phone: 559.498.5910
Website: www.fresnochaffeezoo.org
Operation Hours: Opens daily (9:00 am-6:00 pm)
Distance and time from Mimi's Cafe: 5.7 miles or 10 minutes drive

12:30 pm: Slide down the water rides
After spending a friendly time with the animals and birds, jump on to CA-99 North from West Olive Avenue, and reach W Barstow Ave to visit Island Waterpark. Its exhilarating water rides, slides and pools will allow you to beat the scorching heat and splash away all your weariness and worries.

Address: 6099 West Barstow Avenue, Fresno, CA 93723
Phone: 559.277.6800
Website: www.islandwaterpark.com
Operation Hours: Opens daily (11:00 am-6:00 pm)
Distance and time from Fresno Chaffee Zoo: 6.6 miles or 10 minutes drive

3:00 pm: Grab some appetizers
Don't let your hunger pangs hamper your journey. Treat your belly with a scrumptious lunch at In-N-Out Burger (5106 West Shaw Street, Fresno, CA 93722) where you can try its finger-licking burgers, patties and fries. If you can hardly control your tempt for chicken, then Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (4416 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722) is the right place to gratify your craving.

4:00 pm: Gazing at splendid artworks
After a yummy lunch, walk south-west on North Blythe Avenue towards West Shaw Avenue. Drive until you reach North First Street. Here is your next spot, Fresno Art Museum. This museum is a remarkable place to appreciate and get enriched in art. It welcomes you to interact with great artists and to catch a glance of artworks through its exhibitions and interactive programs.

Address: 2233 N First St., Fresno, CA 93703
Phone: 559.441.4221
Website: www.fresnoartmuseum.org
Operation Hours: Thursday-Sunday (11:00 am-5:00 pm)

5:30 pm: Get trendy and stylish with Fresno's stuff
Its time to immerse into the style and trend of Fresno, and Fashion Fair is the place you can count on easily. Be it trendy clothes, dazzling accessories and apparels, modern-age interiors, housewares, dining spots, entertainment activities, or new age conveniences, Fashion Fair has everything to offer that you love. Every store and the things-to-do here are worth your every penny.

Address: 645 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559.224.1591
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-9:00 pm); Sunday (11:00 am-7:00 pm)
Distance and time from Fresno Art Museum: 4.3 miles or 7 minutes drive

7:30 pm: Its prayer time
To spend some time in the lap of divinity, walk north on Fashion Fair Lane towards East Shaw Avenue and drop by N Cedar Ave to reachThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, it is a divine place to offer your prayers and meditate for a while. Get your mind and soul relaxed and purified here.

Address: 5685 North Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559.439.5611 
Website: www.lds.org/locations?lang=eng
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (9:00 am-9:00 pm)
Distance and time from Fashion Fair: 2.5 miles or 6 minutes drive

8:30 pm: Dinner at Elbow Room Bar & Grill
After a relaxed time at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its time to lessen your gluttony and fill the belly space. Swing by Elbow Room Bar & Grill to gorge on some mouth-drooling American cuisines. It is also marked with a bar stocked with freshly-made and rejuvenating drinks.

Address: 731 West San Jose Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704
Phone: 559.227.1234
Website: www.elbowroomfresno.com
Operation Hours: Opens daily (11:00 am-10:00 pm)
Distance and time from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 3.6 miles or 8 minutes drive

10:00 pm: Fresno, where night signifies party and fun
How do Fresnans spend their nightlife? Well, the pumping music coming out of Fresno's clubs and discotheques and people tinkering glasses and opening corks in bars, speak volume about Fresnans' colorful and thrilling life once it is dark outside. And, to contribute in making Fresno's nights more exciting, Shooters is nowhere behind. You will fail to resist its ice-cold beer selection and other daily drinks. The live music by local musicians and karaoke nights here will drive you away.

Address: 375 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559.224.4777 
Website: www.shootersbarfresno.com
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (10:00 am-1:30 am)
Distance and time from Elbow Room Bar & Grill: 1.9 miles or 5 minutes drive

A Map Guide on Day 1  Tour in Fresno





Day 2 in Fresno

8:30 am: Sip coffee at Patio Cafe
After a tiring day in Fresno, you can start your second day here with a revitalizing cup of coffee at Patio Cafe. Its menu is also flecked with an array of healthy breakfasts to supply ample amount of energy to stub your morning blues.

Address: 5138 North Palm Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704
Phone: 559.243.1074
Website: www.patio-cafe.com/#about
Operation Hours: Monday-Wednesday and Sunday (7:00 am-5:00 pm); Thursday-Saturday (7:00 am-8:00 pm)

9:30 am: Discover the vastness of our solar system
Now, you are energetic enough to explore the city. Its time to leave for The Downing Planetarium which incorporates a 74-seat star theater and a 30 feet dome atop. The planetarium shows, which are based on physics and astronomy, are run with the help of Minolta MS-10 star projector and a hemispherical mirror projection system.

Address: 5320 North Maple Avenue, Fresno, CA 93710
Phone: 559.278.4121
Website: www.fresnostate.edu/csm/downing-planetarium/index.html
Distance and time from Patio Cafe: 4 miles or 11 minutes drive

11:00 am: Visit to the oldest surviving structure in Fresno
After catching a glimpse of our solar system at The Downing Planetarium, let's explore the glory of The Old Fresno Water Tower, an American Romanesque style structure, which is 109-foot high, with 250,000-gallon storage capacity. It is world-famed as the oldest surviving structure in Fresno.

Address: Visitors Center, Fresno, California 93710
Phone: 559.237.0988
Website: www.historicfresno.org/nrhp/wtrtwr.htm
Operation Hours: Monday-Thursday (10:00 am-7:00 pm); Friday-Saturday (10:00 am-5:00 pm); Sunday (12:00 pm-5:00 pm)
Distance and time from The Downing Planetarium: 0.4 mile or 8 minutes drive

12:30 pm: Glimpse of Victorian architecture
Now, get on CA-168 from East Shaw Avenue and stop by Meux Home Museum which is located at 1007 R Street. This magnificent structure is a tribute to Victorian architecture. You cannot avert your eyes from its exterior walls which are beautifully adorned with clapboards, ornamental floral-like relief work, and shingles. To protect the structure from the hot valley sun, a giant porch is supported by spindles accented with 'gingerbread'.

Address: 1007 R Street, Fresno, California 93721
Phone: 559.233.8007
Website: www.meux.mus.ca.us
Operation Hours: Friday-Sunday (12:00 pm-3:00 pm)
Distance and time from The Old Fresno Water Tower: 7.1 miles or 10 minutes drive

2:00 pm: Lunch time
Leave everything aside, and head on to Shepherd's Inn to satiate your gluttony for authentic multi-course Basque meals and extensive American cuisines. Nothing could be more satisfying than gorging on your favorite meals.

Address: 935 Santa Fe Avenue, Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559.266.2228
Website: www.shepherdsinnfresno.com
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (11:00 am-9:00 pm); Sunday (8:30 am-8:00 pm)
Distance and time from Meux Home Museum: 0.2 mile or 3 minutes drive

3:30 pm: Double your fun at Rotary Storyland & Playland
For a heady day and to double your excitement while journey, you ought to visit Rotary Storyland & Playland which is packed with numerous mind-boggling rides and also incorporates a splash park to get drenched into its cool blue water pools. Scrumptious eats and snacks are also served in its premises to fetch energy and avoid the hiccups during your time there.

Address: 890 West Belmont Avenue, Fresno, CA 93728
Phone: 559.486.2124 
Website: www.savestoryland.com
Operation Hours: Saturday-Sunday (10:00 am-6:00 pm)
Distance and time from Shepherd's Inn: 2.7 miles or 9 minutes drive

6:00 pm: Read, learn and discover at Gillis Branch Library
To spend some time in peace and solitude, you can stop by Gillis Branch Library where books can be your best companions. Spending hours in library can also let you explore more about this gorgeous city through books, magazines, and journals.

Address: 629 West Dakota Avenue, Fresno, CA 93705
Phone: 559.225.0140
Website: www.fresnolibrary.org
Operation Hours: Monday-Thursday (10:00 am-8:00 pm); Friday and Saturday (10:00 am-5:00 pm)
Distance and time from Rotary Storyland & Playland: 3.4 miles or 8 minutes drive

8:00 pm: Something for your palette
After spending time with books, its time to quash your hunger pangs. You can walk west on West Dakota Avenue towards North Delno Avenue and stop by Mike's Pizzeria for some freshly-made Italian dishes and thirst-quenching beverages.

Address: 3228 North West Avenue, Fresno, CA 93705
Phone: 559.229.2635
Website: www.mikespizzerialounge.com
Operation Hours: Opens Daily (11;00 am-11:00 pm)
Distance and time from Gillis Branch Library: 0.9 miles and 17 minutes drive

9:30 pm: A jaunt to an entertainment hub,The North Tower Circle
Now, its time to experience the thriving nightlife of the vibrant city, Fresno. And, to enjoy it to the fullest, you can swing by The North Tower Circle which is a one-stop destination for dozens of entertainment activities, i.e., dazzling dance floors, thumping music played by internationally acclaimed DJs, video games, dart boards, pool table, and live comedy and musical performances by some of the finest artists around the globe. A perfect spot to spend your 2-3 hours with non-stop fun.

Its 11:30 pm, and sadly, its time to say goodbye to this lovely city. But, by the end of your trip, you will agree that the city has given you a lot of reasons to smile while thinking about the days and time you happily spent here.

Address: 2777 North Maroa Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704
Phone: 559.229.4188
Website: www.northtowercircle.com
Operation Hours: Friday and Saturday (8:00 pm-2:00 am)
Distance and time from Mike's Pizzeria: 1.9 miles or 7 minutes drive


A Map Guide on Day 2 Tour in Fresno

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