587 apartments for rent in Visalia, CA
Guide to Visalia
Visalia Apartments For Rent
Imagine standing at the base of a steep rock cliff, the mountain peaks forming a ring around you. A waterfall cascades straight off the edge of the sheer granite wall, the white spray causing a fuzzy mist around the base at the cool pond beneath. Not too far from this, monolithic trees with huge, reddish trunks seem to disappear into the clouds overhead. Standing amidst all of this huge beauty, you feel tiny … as though you’re Alice and you’ve just sipped the shrinking potion. This isn’t too far from the truth, because Visalia is definitely a wonderland!
From its soaring mountains to its giant redwoods, Visalia, California is most definitely a grand city. But this impressive setting isn’t just for show – the Sequoia Valley region is an agricultural powerhouse, considered one of the world’s best. But it is also ideal for fantastic outdoor adventures.
Things to Do in Visalia:
As the gateway to Sequoia National Park and located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Visalia is an adventurer’s paradise: mountain climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping, rock climbing, spelunking, and in winter snowshoeing, sledding, snowboarding, and skiing are just a few of the activities you can enjoy once you’ve selected a Visalia apartment to rent.
From the 2,100-year-old Sherman Tree (the oldest and largest living tree in the world at 274.9 feet tall) to the impressive Crystal Cave to Kings Canyon National Park, and from stunning waterfalls to Morro Rock to Grants Grove, Visalia’s natural resources are truly one-of-a-kind. Sequoia National Park has even been called the eighth natural wonder of the world.
Add amazing weather year-round to a stunning landscape and it’s no surprise that residents of Visalia enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the US, is a stunning granite peak. The Mount Whitney Trail leads hikers to the apex of the mountain; this 22-mile hike typically takes two days. The Mountaineer’s Route is a scramble, or climb that uses both feet and hands. Technical climbs, those considered class 4 and 5, can be tackled on the East Face route.
Visalia features a stunning downtown with the Sierra Nevada Mountains an impressive background. Historic Downtown Visalia is filled with amazing restaurants, shops, bars, and a variety of other locally-owned businesses. It is also home to several museums, art galleries, and theaters. Have a farm-to-table dinner at a sidewalk café, hop on the downtown trolley for a tour, or stroll through an art gallery and admire the exhibits.
Kids love the Visalia Adventure Park, the Imagine U Museum, and the Provident Skate Park, while adults enjoy the Eagle Mountain Casino, Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, the Tulare Historical Museum, and the Tulare County Symphony. Garden Street Plaza offers free concerts, while the historic Fox Theatre provides live entertainment, and a farmer’s market is available during spring, summer, and fall months.
Residents of Visalia celebrate their beautiful city with a wide variety of festivals, nearly a dozen annual art events, and a wide variety of public art. Be sure to take part in the Taste of the Arts Festival, a unique event that combines art and agriculture. Blues, Brews & BBQ is another fun and free event that takes place from April through October at Garden Street Plaza, featuring live music and dancing for the entire family. The Amgen Tour, also held in Visalia, is the country’s largest professional bicycle race.
All of the surrounding natural beauty is truly inspirational, and artists who live in Visalia celebrate all of that inspiration – on the sides of buildings! With almost 100 murals in Visalia and throughout Tulare County, strolling through downtown is very much like strolling through the world’s largest art gallery.
Of all the things you’ll love about renting an apartment in Visalia, the food will likely be near the top of the list! Named one of the nation’s best small towns for food, Visalia is a foodie’s dream location. With so much fresh produce available, Visalia offers a farm-to-table smorgasbord that will have you savoring every last bite – and then looking for more.
And finally – nightlife! Okay, so after climbing mountains, hiking among the redwoods, white-water rafting, caving, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and whatever other adventures you’ve discovered that day, you might be too tired to dance the night away. But if you aren’t, Visalia is home to some fantastic locations, including Brewbaker’s Brewing Company, Visalia Brewing Company, the Cellar Door, and the very unique Jack & Charlie’s – located in the former Tulare County Jail.
What to Consider When Moving to Visalia:
As the San Joaquin Valley’s fifth-largest city, Visalia is small in size but huge in beauty and adventure. It is convenient to Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Yosemite, and it is the county seat of Tulare County. The city features several distinct areas: Downtown Visalia, the Eastside, the Westside, North Visalia, Southwest Visalia, Mooney, and the Industrial Area.
While government and tourism are certainly large parts of the economy, Visalia is a huge agricultural area. It is also home to the College of the Sequoias, International Paper, Jostens, and Cigna. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the area, with an elevation of 14,505 feet.
Visalia was incorporated in 1874, but it has been the county seat since 1853. Visalia attracted many speculators during the gold rush of the early- to mid-1800s, and several of those stayed in the town. In 1860, the telegraph gave the residents of Visalia a vital connection to the East Coast. During the Civil War, Visalia residents were torn – so they staged their own mini Civil War on Main Street. While nothing much came from this skirmish, it did manage to capture the attention of the US government, who set up Camp Babbitt in 1862 to monitor any Southern support.
Visalia was also the location of a famous gun battle, the Gunfight at Stone Corral. This shootout occurred during the summer of 1893, when a marshal-led posse cornered outlaw train robbers John Sontag and Chris Evans. Sontag died in police custody, and Evans was captured several days later.
Why Visalia Apartments Are Hot:
Fantastic weather? Check! Stunning scenery? Check and double-check! Exciting things to do? Oh, most definitely! A fantastic downtown that provides shops, restaurants, bars, theaters, art galleries, and a sense of community? That, too! Of course Visalia apartments are hot – how could they not be?
Renters of apartments in Visalia will have endless opportunities, from major employers in health, agriculture, and industry to great baseball at the Visalia Convention Center. The Sierra Nevada Mountains are spectacular – who wouldn’t want the Sequoias in their backyard – not to mention Yosemite and Kings Canyon?
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- College of Sequoias
- San Joaquin Valley College
- Reedley College
- Porterville College
- Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
Nearby Military Bases
- Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks offer year-round adventures, from snow sports to cave tours.
- Sierra Summit Mountain Resort features 45 trails for skiing and snowboarding, plus a tubing hill.
- Lake Kaweah is ideal for sailing, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, and camping.
- Downtown Visalia’s events include a wine and cheese walk, Downtown Expo, and Blues Brews & BBQ.
- College of the Sequoias, a two-year community college, was established in 1926 and offers several programs.
- A self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Visalia takes visitors past historic buildings, horse rings, and more.
Roadway leading to Sequoia National Park
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Hiking Trail through the Sequoias
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Waterfall in Sequoia National Park
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Giant Sequoias at Sunset
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