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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.
Accommodation in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks's prime options such as the Log House Lodge, at 42182 Mynatt Drive, and the Bellevue Guesthouse, at 45317 Mineral King Road are bound to delight even the fussiest vistors. Two more premium options that previous visitors recommend include the John Muir Lodge and the Wuksachi Lodge.
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 25 mi (40 km) of Buena Vista Peak, Tokopah Falls, and Buck Rock Lookout. Foothills Visitor Center and Big Stump Trail are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Situated in Three Rivers, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Three Rivers Golf Course, Our Place Playground, and Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Horse Creek Recreation Area and Kaweah Recreation Area are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Tulare, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Tulare Outlet Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Prosperity Sports Park and Tulare Historical Museum. International Agri Center and Mooney Grove Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Visalia, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Visalia Convention Center and Visalia City Hall. Imagine U Children's Museum and Rawhide Ballpark are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Visalia, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Visalia Country Club, Rawhide Ballpark, and Visalia Adventure Park. Visalia Convention Center and Visalia City Hall are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Visalia Adventure Park, Visalia Country Club, and Rawhide Ballpark. Visalia Convention Center and Visalia City Hall are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rose Ann Vuich Park and Alta District Historical Square Depot Museum. Ridge Creek Dinuba Golf Club is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reedly College and Reedly Museum. Reedly Community Center is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.