Fresno is the business and cultural center of the San Joaquin Valley, a vast flat plain that is the largest producing agricultural area in the US.
An urban sprawl, Fresno has many small centers of activity, which are far apart. Those include downtown, Tower district north of downtown and the Shaw district near Fresno California State University.
Notable tourist attractions include Forestiere Underground Gardens made by a Sicilian immigrant who arrived in the San Joaquin Valley and just started digging his home into the bedrock and Wild Water Adventures Park.
An hour and a half from Fresno three National Parks: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon offer amazing outdoor scenery.
Hotels in Fresno are scattered in the different districts of the city but are all located within a 10-mile radius of each other as well as of downtown and the Fresno Airport.