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Old 01-27-2021, 04:57 PM
 
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Fresno is a big city and population wise is bigger than sacramento. However, the metropolitan population of Sacramento is double that if not more of fresno. 1 mil vs 2mil+ And this shows as many sights and places to visit are not in the city of Sac. And also why Fresno as big of a city that it is, feels like a small town.

There is no argument that Sac area has a lot more to see in and around.

But if you decide Fresno, it is more drivable from LA. from downtown area/hollywood with no traffic you can reach fresno in flat 3 hrs driving 75-80mph.

There isn't much or any touristy things there. Sac has a lot of history with the goldrush and of course its the state capital so just those things alone provides some things. Fresno is the leading agriculture producer in the NATION but fresno's department of tourism sucks and they dont use what they are known for to showcase it. Would be nice to have some kind of musuem and cool historical stuff in an area along with other entertainment and dining options like Old Sac has. Fresno's downtown just absolutely sucks for a big city and if you go there as your first time to Fresno it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

If you do go Fresno, yea you can check out that underground garden. Walk around Fresno State and realize the many players that have went on to be top tier level professional athletes came from there. Go to Old Town Clovis. Woodward Park is nice but its just a nice big park, there is a nice Japanese Garden inside of it which is top notch. The Fresno Zoo is highly rated and probably the best Ive been to for it's size, but im not sure of its hours during covid--but very affordable and again very nicely ran. Drive through van ness extension and old fig, NE fresno so you can see that Fresno does have the nice flashy neighborhoods but just not the nice flashy touristy stuff lol. You can go to Bass Lake, Shaver Lake, Millerton Lake all within 30-45mins. Depending on the season and time there might be snow. You can check out parts of Yosemite if you are in the area (south entrance is about an hour out from fresno) Table mountain or Chukchansi casino. You can check out downtown but its usually dead but you can see the glimmer of hope in some of the revitalization projects that have happened as of late.
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Old 01-27-2021, 09:07 PM
 
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The Sacramento Metro area has near 2.7 Million population, fresno Metro is 1.1 Mlllion. Sacramento is more than 2 1/2 times larger than fresno.

Regarding city limits, if you combine the City of Sacramento with the City of West Sacramento, Sacramento is bigger than fresno.

Sacramento and West Sacramento are contiguous and are separated only by the Sacramento River. There are many other urban areas contiguous with the City of Sacramento and when combined dwarfs fresno.

There are by far more sights to see, not only in the City of Sacramento over the City of fresno, but if you compare the metro areas of the two, again, Sacramento is by far larger with more to see and do.

By driving, fresno is neither close to the Los Angeles area, nor close to the San Francisco area. fresno really is not close to anywhere, other than Yosemite, which is a big plus. Moreover, Sacramento is as close or closer to the Northern Sierra (Lake Tahoe), than fresno is to the Central Sierra.

Regarding coastal environments, Sacramento is closer to diverse coastal environments, beaches, bays, deltas, riparian areas than fresno is.

By driving, Sacramento is a lot closer to most of the San Francisco Bay Area, than fresno is to the Los Angeles area. If fact, it is actually faster to fly from Sacramento to Los Angeles and Southern California major cities and tourists cities/towns than it is to drive from fresno to Southern Cal, excluding Bakersfield-if you consider to Bakersfield a SoCal city.
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Old 02-02-2021, 04:04 PM
 
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The Sacramento Metro area has near 2.7 Million population, fresno Metro is 1.1 Mlllion. Sacramento is more than 2 1/2 times larger than fresno.

Regarding city limits, if you combine the City of Sacramento with the City of West Sacramento, Sacramento is bigger than fresno.

Sacramento and West Sacramento are contiguous and are separated only by the Sacramento River. There are many other urban areas contiguous with the City of Sacramento and when combined dwarfs fresno.

There are by far more sights to see, not only in the City of Sacramento over the City of fresno, but if you compare the metro areas of the two, again, Sacramento is by far larger with more to see and do.

By driving, fresno is neither close to the Los Angeles area, nor close to the San Francisco area. fresno really is not close to anywhere, other than Yosemite, which is a big plus. Moreover, Sacramento is as close or closer to the Northern Sierra (Lake Tahoe), than fresno is to the Central Sierra.

Regarding coastal environments, Sacramento is closer to diverse coastal environments, beaches, bays, deltas, riparian areas than fresno is.

By driving, Sacramento is a lot closer to most of the San Francisco Bay Area, than fresno is to the Los Angeles area. If fact, it is actually faster to fly from Sacramento to Los Angeles and Southern California major cities and tourists cities/towns than it is to drive from fresno to Southern Cal, excluding Bakersfield-if you consider to Bakersfield a SoCal city.
Fresno has slo countryside near by, which is the sjvs Napa valley. Not a bad spot to be at outside of winter, chim. Coalinga is a desert can be beautiful at times. Plus, taller mountains and bigger trees nearby. Plenty of diversity. Also, millerton might be smaller than folsom, but it's arguably more scenic.

Day trips to los Angeles aren't bad, if you plan right. Orange county can be a pita tho.

Here's a picture for you chim. Fresno looking towards the COASTAL range. Ttyl

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Old 02-02-2021, 06:12 PM
 
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During late winter/early spring, the almond trees are blooming on the outskirts of Fresno. If the OP and her date decide to meet in Fresno, the Blossom Trail would be a good diversion. I also recommend having lunch or dinner at the Shepherd's Inn Basque restaurant across from the Amtrak train depot on Santa Fe Avenue.

https://www.goblossomtrail.com

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Old 02-07-2021, 08:55 PM
 
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The restaurant patios are back open. Just make it easier on yourself and hit one of those up. I'm in Fresno right now which is where I'm originally from even though I live in LA now. These last couple of days I went to The Elbow Room & The Point Bar & Bistro. Both of those spots are good for a date-meet up. For a walk hit up historic Huntington Blvd. Its on the East side of town which is kind of sketchy but Huntington Blvd is one of the city's gems, its safe, and well known. I take jogs on the street almost every time I'm in town and especially since the gyms are closed. Woodward Park is cool as well.

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Old 02-08-2021, 02:26 PM
 
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Check out Leland Stanford Mansion if in downtown Sacramento. Probably closed for indoor visits but has a nice small park outside
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