Garden in the sun – this is a popular name for the Valley San-Joaquin, in the centre of which lies Fresno. The climate here is subtropical, the summers are dry and even in winter it rarely rains. While the sun offers ideal conditions for agriculture, the severe drought makes a complex irrigation system necessary. Fresno is a large American city with a chessboard-like street system, only the downtown is different. In the city centre, the chessboard pattern is not oriented in the typical north-south or east-west direction, but diagonally parallel to the rails of the Pacific Railroad. After all, the city has its origins at a stop on this very railroad line. The history of Fresno is closely linked to the railroad.
In Fresno, historical buildings can be found side by side with modern architecture. The Meux Home Museum, for instance, a restored Victorian townhouse, still gives a vivid impression of how people lived during the early days. The new city hall, which was opened in 1992, is an example of modern life in the Californian city. Fresno also has a lot to offer when it comes to leisure activities. With its adventure parks, a zoo, museums and galleries, a lively theatre scene and lots of live music you will never get bored. Additionally, the city is the starting point for trips into an incomparable natural landscape.