Before you take your campervan into Fresno to see the sights, it's worth checking the city's traffic and parking to ensure your motorhome is the right fit for the big city. Like any major metro area in California, traffic can be hectic, but Fresno isn't as bad to drive around as the likes of San Diego, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. You'll find there are several campgrounds within a couple of miles of downtown, so you might be better off leaving larger motorhomes at the campsite and using public transport or a bicycle to get around the city.
Fresno has a great choice of attractions for all ages, and one of the best excursions is the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Home to over 200 species from around the world, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo boasts dozens of endangered critters like southern white rhinos, Sumatran orangutans, and Malayan tigers. Campers looking to keep their kids entertained and cool off from Fresno's endless sunshine should head to Island Waterpark. This classic waterpark features all the rides you'd expect, from wave pools to raft rides to a wet and wild playground for children. Adults will want to stick around after dark for music, games, and margaritas.
Fresno is ideal for branching out to discover the beauty of California's national parks and forests. You'll have several world-class parks within two hours of Fresno, but campers short on time will want to experience Yosemite National Park. Covering nearly 750,000 acres of untouched wilderness, Yosemite is California's most popular national park, thanks to the stunning Yosemite Valley. Adventure seekers will want to hike up to the top of Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America, and take in breathtaking views across the park. If you're not a fan of heights, find the perfect fishing spot on one of the park's numerous rivers or spot some of the 262 bird species that visit the park annually.