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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Be humbled by nature at its most impressive in these two breathtaking national parks, home to some of the largest living things on this planet.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side by side and encompass some of the most astounding terrains on Earth. Here, everything is big; the trees are like natural skyscrapers and the canyons seem bottomless. Discover a dramatic landscape of towering mountains, deep caverns, gushing waterfalls and forests that can make you feel as though you have stepped into a fairytale land of giants.

Stand at the foot of the huge General Sherman and feel humbled by the majesty of nature. This giant tree rises 275 feet (83 meters) into the sky and stands in what is today known as Giant Forest. While you can find sequoia trees in several national parks, Giant Forest has over 8,000 of them. Learn more about sequoias at the nearby Giant Forest Museum. Another famous tree here is General Grant, also known as the “Nation’s Christmas Tree,” in Kings Canyon National Park’s Grant Grove. To see the largest remaining sequoia grove, head to Redwood Canyon.

Hike the park’s more than 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) of trails. Uncrowded and wild, the trails lead through some of California’s most beautiful landscapes. Take the Kearsarge Pass through Onion Valley to see the show-stopping Kearsarge Lake. Intrepid explorers can attempt the 8-day trek up Mount Whitney, America’s highest mountain outside of Alaska.

Drive the stunning Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, which weaves along the roaring Kings River for 30 miles (50 kilometers). Stop at Junction View for dizzying looks into the cavernous Kings Canyon, one of North America’s deepest canyons, and at the 80-foot-high (20-meter) Grizzly Falls.

The two parks are located in the southern Sierra Nevada. Visalia, 35 miles (56 kilometers) west, is a good jumping-off point, offering park-bound shuttles. During the summer, ride the free in-park shuttle to reach the major sights. Visit year-round to experience the ever-changing seasons but be aware that Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is open only from late spring to October.

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Cedar Grove Lodge
Cedar Grove Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86729 California 180, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Situated in a national park, this lodge is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Cedar Grove Visitor Center and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Roaring ...
3.8/5Good! (90 reviews)
"Great location, but very twisty road . Get there before dark."

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Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Montecito Sequoia Lodge
2.5 out of 5
63410 General's Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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The price is $269 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located on a lake, this Kings Canyon National Park hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Buena Vista Peak and within 12 mi (20 km) of ...
4.1/5Very Good! (749 reviews)
"I liked how cleaned the room are, and how fun the activities are"

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Wuksachi Lodge
Wuksachi Lodge
2.5 out of 5
64740 Wuksachi Way Wuksachi Vi, Sequoia National Park, CA
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Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tokopah Falls, General Sherman Tree, and The Congress Trail. Big Trees Trail and Giant Forest ...
4/5Very Good! (989 reviews)
"The two nights we spent at Wuksachi Lodge enabled us to spend quality time in Sequoia National Park. It was wonderful not to have to drive into the park each day from another location. In addition to the location being very convenient, the entire staff was customer-oriented and made our stay ..."

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Cedar Grove Lodge
Cedar Grove Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86729 California 180, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Montecito Sequoia Lodge
2.5 out of 5
63410 General's Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
The price is $269 per night from May 16 to May 16
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Wuksachi Lodge
Wuksachi Lodge
2.5 out of 5
64740 Wuksachi Way Wuksachi Vi, Sequoia National Park, CA
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Stony Creek Lodge
Stony Creek Lodge
3 out of 5
65569 Generals Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
The price is $169 per night from May 16 to May 16
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John Muir Lodge
John Muir Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86728 California 180, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia/Kings Canyon
Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia/Kings Canyon
2.5 out of 5
40820 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA
The price is $169 per night from May 16 to May 16
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Sequoia Resort
Sequoia Resort
3 out of 5
50616 Highway 245, Badger, CA
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Historic Stansfield Cabin Sleeps 2, NO Cleaning Fee, Easy Self-checkin
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Art and Nature Lover's Retreat, 15 Min to Sequoia-Kings Canyon
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