Visit Visalia, California – Certified Autism Destination™
Nestled in the foothills below the majestic Sierra Nevada, Visalia is the Gateway to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and is a great home base as you explore the nearby Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Monument, and public lands.
The city's natural charm and gracious, vibrant community captivate visitors year-round with experiences highlighted by live entertainment, stunning art, rich history, and world-class restaurants.
Savor Visalia’s fresh-from-the-farm cuisine at one of our many sidewalk cafes, take a stroll along Main Street, and tour the nation’s richest agricultural region. Take on hiking, biking, rafting, or snow-shoeing adventures, and relax afterward with a glass of our celebrated local brews. With beautiful weather, friendly people, and hundreds of options to explore, all we need is the explorer – you.
Visalia – an easy drive from all of California’s major population and business centers – lies in the heart of the Central Valley, at the base of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Our welcoming community hosts visitors from across the United States and from many nations worldwide – all eager to explore the unrivaled beauty of the National Parks and find adventure in the great outdoors.
The city is more than a base camp for national park travelers. With a vibrant downtown, unique foodie restaurants, craft breweries, farmers’ markets, boutique shopping, and a thriving, eclectic art scene, Visalia is a destination all its own. It’s a hub for family travel, with expansive youth sports facilities and children’s venues and attractions. And its walkable downtown and access to hotel rooms and meeting space make it a popular convention destination, as well.
Currently, organizations in Visalia that completed autism training and certification from IBCCES include Visalia Adventure Park, Farmer Bob’s World, Imagine U Interactive Children’s Museum, Wyndham Visalia, Tulare County Museum, Visalia Marriott At The Convention Center, Valley Oak Golf Course, Hampton Inn Visalia, Downtown Visalians, Comfort Inn Visalia, Lamp Liter Inn, Best Western Visalia, Arts Visalia Gallery, and Visalia Fox Theatre with more locations joining the ongoing initiative and becoming certified moving forward. These locations have completed industry and position-specific training through IBCCES, and some attractions such as Visalia Adventure Park and ImagineU Children’s Museum also completed onsite reviews conducted by IBCCES experts and, as a result, can provide additional support such as sensory guides for visitors to utilize in planning their visit. (Photo courtesy of ImagineU)
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: No
Visa Requirement: No.
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: March to June.
This Destination is Best For: Family Adventure
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Recommended Vaccinations: None.