Fresno has a special place in my heart because that’s where my wife is from. When the opportunity came up to interview Dustin Heiner of Master Passive Income about his hometown of Fresno, California, I jumped at the chance. Dustin’s tips for the best things to do in Fresno are awesome. Honestly, I hadn’t heard of most of these, even though I’ve been going to Fresno several times a year for the last decade.

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Fresno, California

Fresno is located in the Central Valley of California. It is centrally located so that there are many options within a couple of hours. San Francisco to the North and Los Angeles to the South are each just 3 hours away. Yosemite National Park is just 90 minutes away. And Pismo Beach is about 2 hours away.

When you visit Fresno, you will never taste fresher food. Quite a lot of the fruit, nuts, and vegetables you buy at the grocery store come from the Central Valley. Fun fact: my wife’s father grew table grapes.

The best time to visit Fresno depends on what you’re looking for. You’ll experience all four seasons, and there are fun things to do in Fresno all year long. Other than a couple of weeks in August when you’ll experience 100+ temperatures, you’ll have a great time in Fresno no matter when you visit.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Play Fresno, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

Best things to do in Fresno

Here are some of the best things to do in Fresno according to our local expert, Dustin Heiner. And I’ve added some additional options based on my research and places I’ve visited.

  • AAA Relaxing Station – Dustin recommends getting a massage from here while you’re in Fresno.
  • Candy Cane Lane – this neighborhood has 50-60 homes that have the best decorations for Christmas. Dustin says this is where the locals go.
  • China Peak Mountain Resort (reviews) – great skiing and snowboarding overlooking Huntington Lake. It’s about an hour and 45 minutes from Fresno.
Best Things to Do in Fresno California Dustin Heiner Skiing at China Peak
Skiing at China Peak
  • Christmas Tree Lane – we would visit Christmas Tree Lane whenever we’d see Anna’s Mom around Christmas. It’s 2 miles of amazing Christmas lights and decorations. Park at the Fig Garden shopping center and walk if you want to avoid the traffic.

Best Things to Do in Fresno California Dustin Heiner Christmas Tree Lane

Best Things to Do in Fresno California Dustin Heiner Woodward Park Wedding

  • Yosemite National Park (reviews) – a world-renown national park known for incredible waterfalls and sheer rock faces that expert climbers have on their bucket list.

Best Things to Do in Fresno California Dustin Heiner family in Yosemite

Here’s a short list of the current events happening in Fresno that you can buy tickets for.



Looking for other things to do? Here are the top 10 sightseeing tickets and packages for Fresno.

Or, you can buy one of the Lonely Planet books, which are another excellent resource. Their current promo offers 3 books for the price of two.

Best places to eat in Fresno

Fresno has so many excellent places to eat. We have a lot of places on this list, but Dustin highly recommends stopping by any hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant you come across. Mexican food is one of the specialties in this town. Here are the restaurants that should be on your list of the best places to eat in Fresno.

  • Antonio’s Mexican Restaurant (reviews) – this is Dustin’s wife’s favorite Mexican food in Fresno.
  • Clovis Farmers Market (reviews) – Fresno and Clovis are in the Central Valley of California, which produces a lot of the fresh fruits and vegetables for the country. This is one of the best farmer’s markets you’ve ever been too.
  • Kowloon Kitchen (reviews) – a great place to go for fresh seafood.
  • Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria (reviews) – the local favorite for pizza. My wife Anna highly recommends Me N Ed’s.
  • Sakura Chaya (reviews) – a teppanyaki Japanese restaurant that prepares the food right at your table. A memorable experience for the whole family.
  • Shaver Lake Pizza (reviews) – a perfect pit stop on your way back from skiing at China Peak. Great tasting pizza and a good atmosphere.
  • Tahoe Joe’s (reviews) – this is Dustin’s recommendation for happy hour. You just have to order the Railroad Camp Shrimp.
  • Taqueria Yarelis (reviews) – famous for its “Anaconda Burrito.” Bring your friends because you cannot tackle it on your own.
Best Places to Eat in Fresno California Dustin Heiner Taqueria Yarelis Anaconda Burrito
The Anaconda Burrito from Taqueria Yarelis

What are some of your favorite restaurants in Fresno?

Best places to stay in Fresno

When you come to visit the California Central Valley, here are the best places to stay in Fresno.

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For other hotel options and prices for the best places to stay in Fresno, use Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Priceline, Travelocity, or TripAdvisor.

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Getting around Fresno

The local airport is Fresno / Yosemite International Airport, which is very close to downtown.

From my experience, you’ll need a car while in Fresno. But, for short hops or a night out at the bars, Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

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The Final Countdown

1) If a traveler could only have one meal in Fresno – Dustin says that Sakura Chaya is his favorite place to eat whenever he comes home to Fresno. The mix of great food and showmanship by the chef at your table is hard to beat.

2) Favorite memory of Fresno – When Dustin announced that he was getting married at Woodward Park, his parents replied that they also got married there. What a truly special memory for two generations of the family.

3) Happiest Happy Hour in Fresno – Although Dustin doesn’t drink, he recommends Tahoe Joe’s. The bar is always hopping and they have great specials on delicious food. Even though his wife doesn’t like seafood, even she devours the Railroad Camp Shrimp whenever they eat here.

4) Best place for pepperoni pizza in Fresno – Dustin has two recommendations for amazing pizza. When you’re in Fresno, you can’t beat Me n Ed’s Pizza. It is a local favorite and is superb.

When you’re driving back from skiing or snowboarding at China Peak or cooling off at one of the lakes, you need to make a pit stop at Shaver Lake Pizza.

Who is Dustin Heiner?

Dustin Heiner has escaped the 9-to-5 rat race through passive income. He worked for years to build up enough income to replace his traditional paycheck, then wrote a book called How to Quit Your Job With Rental Properties to share his story.

Friends, family, and people he met wanted to know how they could do it too, so he started Master Passive Income to teach people how to earn passive income through rental real estate.

Best Things to Do in Fresno California Dustin Heiner family in Yosemite

If you’d like to hear more about rental properties, also check out the Master Passive Income Podcast. My favorite episode is when Dustin interviewed me to talk about Delayed Financing.

Dustin is offering his email course for free to followers of the We Travel There podcast. Click the link to sign up and see if passive income through rental real estate is for you.

You can connect with Dustin Heiner at his website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Dustin Heiner about Fresno, California. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Fresno, California
  • Green dots = best things to do in Fresno, California
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Fresno, California

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