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:
- 1 Kings Canyon National Park - This national park, which is north of and contiguous with Sequoia National Park, features a deep canyon and a rugged wilderness at the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, both of which offer excellent hiking and backpacking opportunities. A second section of the park is home to groves of both redwood and giant sequoia trees, including the famous General Grant Grove.
- Merced County
- Madera County
- Mono County
- Inyo County - Fresno County's eastern neighbor is a land of extremes, covering a massive 10,000 square mile expanse of the Eastern Sierra and California Desert. Inyo County is home to Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower-48 states, as well as Death Valley National Park, the largest national park in the lower-48 states and host to earth's hottest temperatures and the continent's lowest elevation. In addition, ancient bristlecone pine trees can be found within the White Mountains, the oldest of which is estimated to be more than 4,800 years old.
- Tulare County
- Kings County - Located southwest of Fresno County, rural Kings County is responsible for billions of dollars of annual agricultural production, much of it from the dairy industry. Travelers passing through on Interstate 5 may find the area lacking in attractions, although there are a few hotels and other amenities in the county's small towns.
- 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.