Where Is THE Place To Pull Off Highway 99 In Fresno?

I have a lot of thoughts about the 99 corridor in Fresno. Most of them are bad.

It ain’t exactly a pretty way to see Fresno. It ain’t pretty and very little has been done since it was built, to change that.

There is a big pothole I could go down about how bad a first impression Highway 99 gives people traveling through. But that is a post for another day.

Today we figure out the best place to exit off Higheay 99 in Fresno. The best place for you, the person traveling through, that only has time for one stop and likely won’t visit Fresno again.

DOWNTOWN FRESNO

I imagine you are coming from Sacramento or Los Angeles (but it doesn’t really matter), just know there is nothing South of the Highway 41 & 99 interchange. Nothing. So we’re going to head slightly North and try Downtown.

If you’re a beer geek, get off at Ventura and head East. First thing you’ll see Full Circle Brewing. If they are open, get in there and enjoy.

For bigger beer geek fun, head a block or so East and visit the regional beer king, Tioga Sequoia. You will have some good times. Oh and also Zack’s Brewing, Just across Fulton Street.

The Place To Eat

On the national scene is Chef Paul’s Cafe. When celebs come to town, this is the place many go. It just made a major must visit list too.

Things Of Another

Not into beer or food? Maybe pop into one of the Bitwise buildings to get a glimpse of Fresno’s rising tech scene. It’s actually pretty cool.

Did you see the baseball stadium? Yeah, that’s where the Fresno Grizzlies (aka the AAA Washing Nationals) play.

If you love art, there are an abnormal amount of murals to see in Downtown Fresno, part of Downtown is actually referred to as the Mural District. A handy map of many of the murals can be found here.

The rest of Downtown? There’s a lot going on, there really is, but you don’t have time for that today, you need to get back on the road.

BELMONT AVENUE

We have a food element and a fun element here. The fun is Roeding Park with the renowned and newly expanded Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Not to mention Storyland and Playland.

Then go across 99 on Belmont and have a good-ass burger at Triangle Drive In.

If you’re one of those that like graveyards, there are plenty on Belmont just East of 99. You can even see one from Triangle.

HERNDON AVENUE 

Once it could only boast the throw-back truck stop called Kline’s. Now (if you go East over the tracks) you have a Five Guys burger that was SOME FREAKING HOW voted better than In & Out for best burger place in the country. Five Guys just copied In & Out, how the hell could!?…. nevermind.

One day it will have a movie theater, if you have the time for that. For now, there is an Olive Garden and High Speed Rail construction. Oh and there’s a rad song:

SHAW AVENUE 

Speaking of In & Out, here is your 99 spot to get your Double Double and “animal style” fries.

But the best thing about Shaw & 99 is also THE unique place in Fresno: Forestiere Underground Gardens.

A unique view into our Trinity Courtyard #undergroundgardensfresno #thingstodoinfresno #visitfresno #realizefresno

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And it is this wonderous and unique place that makes me choose Shaw, with a visit underground, as the place to get off Highway 99 in Fresno. Have fun. Let me know what you thought. Tell your little L.A. friends all about it.

*Highway 99 photo by Raymond YU. Downtown photo credit: Blogspot.com

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Author: The Fresnan

Hey, Mikey Seay here. Local nerd. Longtime blogger and podcaster. I love talking local, Star Wars, beer and other junk. Find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat: @thefresnan CHEERS!

6 thoughts on “Where Is THE Place To Pull Off Highway 99 In Fresno?”

  1. I usually read your whole article. But when I seen the topic I just scrolled straight down and started my comment. It’s HANDS DOWN Herndon and 99. Why??? The same reason why Turdlock has a. Street impression than Fresno because when you pass through Turdlock you pass through several Power Centers complete with all the modern stores and restaurants know throughout the country. When people pass through Fresno all they see is old decrepit antiquated parts of the city that doesn’t inspire curiosity and enthusiasm. It spawns insecurity, fear, and depression.

    1. It’s a big problem for Fresno that nobody talks about. I don’t know what the city can realistically do to improve it without help from Cal Trans. Not sure if anybody has ever tired to do anything to improve anything along 99. Shaw & 99 is still STILL not landscaped.

  2. I agree with the Shaw & 99 exit, but man during peak travel times that road is a beast to exit on or off of. Also, visitors have a good choice of eats and the requisite small travel purchases at Walmart or Target (aka the bathroom stops).

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