Nestled in the heart of California's agricultural San Joaquin Valley, Visalia is often referred to as Gateway to the Sequoias and The Jewel of the Valley. Though the city certainly does have its fair share of natural attractions and picturesque views, it is also rapidly making a name for itself as a cultural and economic hub of Central California.
Visalia's prime location in the middle of California makes it an easily accessible destination for both air and ground travelers. Visalia Municipal Airport offers service to Los Angeles International Airport and from there, to cities throughout the United States, and in numerous other countries. Visalia is also located just 45 miles from the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, where nine carriers offer nonstop service to 13 destinations. By car, Visalia is within a 3.5-hour drive from major business centers such as Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Visalia's convenient location has made it a premier meetings destination. The city is home to a wealth of first-class convention and meeting facilities that provide 140,000 square feet of meeting space city wide. In fact, the region's largest convention center, Visalia Convention Center, is in the heart of downtown, offering 114,000 square feet of space. Additionally, Visalia is now home to the first full-service Marriott hotel in the California Central Valley. Located adjacent to the convention center, the Visalia Marriott has 195 rooms and an additional 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Another meetings property, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, has 256 rooms and more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space.
The options for successful meeting locations in Visalia extend beyond the traditional. Host an event at the historic Visalia Fox Theatre, a city treasure that can seat over 1,200 people. Or, treat guests to a relaxing afternoon at the nearby Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch in Ivanhoe, perfect for corporate picnics, receptions, and more. For a truly memorable group experience, plan a team-building trip to the nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Home to the famed giant sequoia trees, some of which are the largest in the world, the park features ranger-led walks sure to inspire and engage attendees.
Visalia's economy and identity are built upon its agricultural strength. Located in the single most-productive agricultural area in the country, Visalia produces more than 250 different crops, notably grapes, olives, cotton, and citrus. Higher learning also holds a strong presence in the area, as Visalia is home to the College of the Sequoias and San Joaquin Valley College, as well as branches for Chapman University and Fresno Pacific University.