Named after the vast amount of ash trees lining the side of the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno has become a popular destination to visit for tourists and Californians looking for a weekend away. At the heart of California, Fresno is the fifth largest city in the state so there is plenty to do and see which appeals to all ages and interests. Although it is a city, it doesn’t have the hustle and bustle atmosphere of San Francisco and at the same time the great outdoors is just on the doorstep of Fresno which offers easy access to nature and a peaceful encounter with the wild.
Just over three hours from San Francisco, the drive to Fresno is ideal for those wanting to take a relatively short road trip, with the route being scenic and quite straight forward. Leaving the city center, the best way to reach Fresno is to get on the US-101 South and then turn left on to the l-80 E. Take the exit towards l-580E and continue on until you see the exit signs for l-205 Stockton. Continue along the l-5 N, passing Modesto, Turlock and Merced (you will have been driving a while now, so any of these towns are great places for a rest stop). After one hour, take the 132A exit and you will find yourself arriving into glorious Fresno.
If all that driving sounds a little tiring, the local greyhound buses will take you directly from San Francisco into the heart of Fresno and if you are on a budget, this is a great option at just $17 a trip.