San Joaquin Valley
The following cities are in the agricultural portion of the county in the San Joaquin Valley:
The following cities are in the portion of the county extending into the Sierra Nevada mountain range:
- Merced County
- Madera County
- Mono County
- Inyo County
- Tulare County
- Kings County
- Monterey County - Located west of Fresno County, Monterey County is what many people think of when they think of the Central Coast - the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the beautiful 17-Mile Drive, Cannery Row, Pebble Beach golf course, and the rugged beauty of Big Sur. The northern part of the county contains every manner of amenity for travelers, ranging from chain motels to five star resorts, while the southern portion of the county is remote and accessible mainly by the Pacific Coast Highway or on foot by hikers.
- San Benito County - West of Fresno County, San Benito County is an inland county dominated by the Coast Mountain Range. It is relatively sparsely populated, with only about 55,000 inhabitants. Pinnacles National Park and its dramatic rock formations lies in this county, as well as the town of San Juan Bautista and its historic mission.