Visalia, California was founded in 1852, just after the Gold Rush that brought thousands of hopeful prospectors pouring into the newly formed state. It's the oldest inland city between Los Angeles and Stockton, and, with its perpetual sunshine and warm weather, one of the biggest and most productive farming communities in the state. As a big city with over 100,000 residents, Visalia offers all the convenience of city life while still providing easy access to the untouched parks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains just a few miles to the east.
Because of its unique climate, maintaining a high standard for air quality has always been a priority for Visalia. That's why the city is keen on public transportation. Visalia Transit busses take passengers between residential and retail districts, the Visalia Towne Trolley zips around downtown, and the Loop Route busses take kids and teens from school to sports fields, parks, and youth centers. There's even a shuttle that residents can take into the Sierras, making it easy to get away from it all for an afternoon or a weekend. For most, it’s easier, cheaper, and more eco-friendly to hop on the bus, shuttle, or trolley instead of in the car.