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Local and state Air National Guard units are based at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. This central California airport is named after its nearest city, Fresno, and Yosemite National Park, which lies 60 miles south with car hire in Fresno Airport. Although most of the more than one million people who used this airport in 2007 were general aviation passengers, the facility's commercial flight service is also thriving.
In addition to non-stop flights to nine cities throughout the western United States, the airport offers direct flights to the Mexican cities of Mexico City and Guadalajara. This was the first American airport to establish facial recognition and web-based flight information display systems. The largest airport solar power system was installed here in 2008. Airport amenities include places to eat, get a haircut and compare car hire.
Fresno is California's largest inland city and the fifth-biggest city in the whole state. Fresno's location in California's geographic centre makes the San Joachim Valley city an ideal base to explore larger cities such as Sacramento, 170 miles away, and Los Angeles, 200 miles away. Car rental in Fresno Airport can also be used to travel the 75 miles to Sequoia National Park, the 40 miles to Sierra National Forest or the 60 miles to both Yosemite and Kings Canyon national parks.
Fresno has a semi-arid climate with many Mediterranean characteristics. Summers are hot and dry, while winters are moderately mild and wet. Winter days typically begin with foggy mornings, which are only rarely accompanied by frost and snow. Most Fresno precipitation falls during late winter and early spring. Low summer humidity makes this season's hot temperatures bearable.
Two new freeways, California state roads 180 and 168, were developed in Fresno to handle the city's large growth during the past decade. However, Fresno remains among the few United States cities of its size with no Interstate highway within its boundaries. California State Route 41 connects Fresno with Yosemite National Park, while California State Route 99 is the main route through the San Joaquin Valley.