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Clovis (California)

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Clovis (California)

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Clovis is a city in Fresno County in California's San Joaquin Valley. In a ranking that scored California cities in five categories which included school ratings, home values, home ownership costs, household income, and income growth, the City of Clovis was ranked No. 1 in California to Raise a Family by leading money blog[4].


Located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley in California at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Clovis is situated in the midst of the richest agricultural area in the world. Founded in 1891, and incorporated in 1912, Clovis has long been known as "a way of life."

The city has a rich western heritage and hosts the Clovis Rodeo every year during the last weekend of April. Other annual community events play up the ag region’s bountiful offerings and its small-town atmosphere, including the farmers market which runs every Friday night during the summer, Clovisfest, and beer and wine festivals. The area of Old Town is also known for fine dining and excellent antique and collectible shops.

As the “Gateway to the Sierras,” Clovis offers many challenges for the outdoorsman, such as boating, water skiing, fishing, winter sports, world-class hiking, mountain climbing, and cycling. For a more sedate outdoor experience, Clovis boasts more than 13 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, and lovely areas for picnicking, jogging and bird watching. The self-guided Wildflower and Blossom Trails should appeal to almost anyone, but are especially ideal for photographers. Wine aficionados will enjoy the Fresno County Wine Journey, while visitors of all ages can experience the Fresno County Fruit Trail.

No matter the time of year or area of interest, visitors of all kinds will find it easy to adapt to the Clovis way of life.

Get in[edit]

By plane

Clovis is served by Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (IATA: FAT), served by carriers: Allegiant, American Airlines/American Eagle, Continental, Delta Airlines/Skywest, Frontier, Horizon, Mexicana, US Airways and United/United Express. Non-stop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco , Seattle, Honolulu, Guadalajara, San Diego, and even service to Guadalajara, Mexico.

By train

Clovis is served by Amtrak's San Joaquin route to Fresno with six trains a day, running north to Fresno from Bakersfield and south from either Sacramento or the San Francisco Bay Area to Fresno.

By car

The drive to Clovis takes about 3 hours from San Francisco, 3.5 hours from Los Angeles, and 5.5 hours from San Diego. Coming from the southern San Francisco Bay Peninsula or San Jose/South Bay area, most people take U.S. Highway 101 to Gilroy, State Highway 152 over Pacheco Pass and through Los Banos, then State Highway 99 south to the Fresno/Clovis Metropolitan area. From the northern Peninsula, the quickest route is to take highway 92 over the San Mateo Bridge, to 880 North, then 580 East to 205 East to 5 North to 120 East to 99 South. From Los Angeles, take Interstate 5 north and State Highway 99 north, then 180 east, then 168 east to Clovis. Clovis is accessible from California's southern Central Coast by State Highway 41, usually used with State Highway 46, then then 180 east, and 168 east to Clovis.

By bus

Clovis is served by Greyhound and a terminal is located in downtown Fresno.

Get around[edit]

By bus

There are several bus lines which serve the City of Clovis. Fresno Area Express bus lines serve the Fresno metropolitan area and easily connects Clovis to Fresno and visa versa. [5]

The Clovis Stageline bus service operates on a fixed route within the City of Clovis between 6;00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Clovis Roundup is a service which serves disabled persons and requires advance notice for pick-up and delivery of passengers. [6]

By bike

In addition to the generous bike lanes found on city streets, many miles of dedicated bike and walking paths can be found throughout Clovis. Most of these paths include tunnels under major roads that will prevent the cyclist or walker from having to stop for vehicular traffic. File:Http:// and ride.jpg

On foot

Old Town Clovis is very walkable. It is possible to walk around other parts of Clovis as well, but you would probably be better off with another method of transit due to the distances and time it takes. However, if a leisurly stroll or walking for excersise is what you desire, Clovis boasts many miles of walking paths which wind through the community and are isolated from the busy streets.

By taxi

There are many taxi companies which serve the Fresno Clovis metropolitan area. Depending on the time of day or night that a cab is dispatched, most will arrive within minutes.

Ride sharing programs

There are many ride-sharing programs available for folks traveling around the Fresno Clovis metropolitan area some of them are as follows:

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The Clovis calendar is packed with a multitude of celebrations and a variety of festivals and fun events all year long. The following is a list of activities. For specific information on all activities, please visit

Big Hat Days April in Clovis is Western Heritage Month. The celebration starts on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, 2015. With over 125,000 attendees, it is hailed as the largest festival in the entire Central Valley. Everyone is encouraged to wear a hat, a “Big” hat that shields you from the Valley sun as you stroll around 400 food and crafts booths, visit the Home and Garden Show, listen to the music in the Beverage Garden and revel in your children’s enjoyment on the carnival rides. Free admission.

Old Town Clovis Friday Night Farmers Market Held every week from the second Friday in May through the end of September, Friday Night Farmer’s Market is in full swing in the heart of Old Town Clovis. Sample a cornucopia of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, grown in the nation’s finest agricultural region, each in the peak of season! This weekly event also offers live entertainment and special activities for kids. Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Free admission.

Clovis Rodeo [7], the last weekend of April. Includes Saturday morning parade, dance, and rodeo competitions Thursday through Sunday.

ClovisFest, in late September. Hot air balloons take off from the rodeo grounds early Saturday morning, with bbq contest, carnival, food and crafts boots in Old Town.

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Wild Water Adventures [8] - An outdoor water park open between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It originated as Clovis Lakes and retains some elements of that, which includes fishing, horseshoe pits and volleyball.

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Old Town[9], approximately between Clovis and Woodworth Avenues, and between 3rd and 7th streets. Lots of antique, collectible and knick-knack shops.

Sierra Vista Mall [10], An indoor mall with an outdoor area with a movie theater near the intersection of Clovis and Shaw avenues. Anchor stores are Sears and Kohl's, with a Target store across the lot from Kohl's.

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There are enough restaurants and dining establishments in Clovis that a family can dine out every week and not repeat for over four years! Clovis restaurants offer varied menu styles, from fine dining to family style, from fast food to exotic international delicacies, offering something for everyone.

  • Salsa's Mexican Grill, 410 Clovis Avenue, +1 559 324-0468. A small family-run place, with homemade tortillas
  • Sandy's Country Junction - 532 Clovis Avenue, +1 559 298-1951. Open only for breakfast and lunch, featuring traditional breakfast fare, burgers and sandwiches
  • Luna's - 349 Pollasky Avenue, +1 559 299-4141. Hearty Italian fare and pizza. [11]
  • North India Bar & Grill +1 559 325-7788. An extensive menu of Indian cuisine. [12]
  • DiCicco's 408 Clovis Avenue, +1 559 299-3711. Classic Italian dishes and pizza. [13]
  • House of Juju, 453 Pollasky Ave, Clovis, CA 93612, (559) 298-3090, [1]. Unassuming American choice featuring clever burgers & made-to-order flatbreads, plus wine & beer.  edit

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  • Old Town Saloon, 450 Clovis Avenue, Clovis, CA 93612, [2]. 1:00 PM - 2:00 AM. This is a perfect place to meet old friends or find new ones! A neighborhood sports bar during the day that transforms into a dance spots in Clovis five nights a week! Inexpensive.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Americas Best Value Inn (formerly Rodeo Lodge) 1616 Clovis Avenue, +1 559 298-0775 [14]
  • Best Western Clovis Cole, 415 Clovis Avenue, +1 559 299-1547, Fax: +1 559 325-9128, [15].
  • Comfort Suites 143 Clovis Ave, +1 559 299-9992, [16]
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton, 835 Gettysburg Ave, +1 559-292-4004, [3]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12 noon. Near Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Fresno State University. Free breakfast, light dinner, and high-speed Internet.  edit

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