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Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A 30-mile scenic drive between Grant Grove and Cedar Grove Village.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A 30-mile scenic drive between Grant Grove and Cedar Grove Village.
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Clovis, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

A trip to Kings Canyon Nat'l Park or its' neighbor Sequoia Nat'l Park is not complete without a trip to the river gorge along the byway. 6,000' high walls above and the Kings River at the base. A must is a stop at the Kings Canyon Lodge near 10 mile Creek. A funky place with great ice cream and a... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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95 reviews 95 reviews
34 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We enjoyed this drive so much. Lots of camping and trailheads if you looking for that. We had a picnic lunch and had the area to ourselves. So many great places to pull over and see/photograph.

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California
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127 reviews 127 reviews
19 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

This is such a picture perfect drive in the fall. So much rock,the river on the side of the road,very few people and cars. We were there on the 27th and the road closes on the 29th. So worth the drive in the fall.

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Calgary, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Wait until all the motorhomes and terrified flatlanders are gone and then you will actually enjoy the drive. Fall is the best time for the park overall. No lines, better service (the staff aren't driven crazy by whining tourists) and cooler weather.

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NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This drive is not easy...if you are scared of heights it is not for you. Also if you get carsick easily I highly recommend taking some Bonine before you take this on! Sooooo beautiful. It seems like another planet. It took us a few hours to drive to the end and back including time to pull over and take pictures.

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DC Metro
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

In Sequoia, you are looking up at the trees. Kings Canyon is more open, and if you're looking up it's at mountains. It's wonderful how the topography changes. The drive to the end is beautiful, with many stops along the way.

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Cumming, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

A great view around every bend. We saw a bear on the side of the road. Also, saw a couple deer. If you have never been in the mountains west of the mississippi river you are missing out.

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Lake Charles, LA
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34 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

The drive from Grant Grove to Cedar Grove should NOT be missed, and do not cheat yourself-dedicate a day to this fabulous drive. It is every bit as wonderful at Tioga Road in Yosemite. Stop at MeGee Vista Point, Junction View, Yucca Point and then do not miss Boyden Cavern if you are not going to Crystal Cavern in Sequoia.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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184 reviews 184 reviews
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We drove from Kings Canyon Visitor Center to the end of the road past Cedar Grove Visitor center. A beautiful mountain drive. Near the end we hiked the Zumwalt Meadow trail. We had a guide that we bought at the visitor center. The trail is a 1.5 mile loop and does go through some rocky areas.

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Australia
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503 helpful votes 503 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Arizona has the Grand Canyon – California has the uniquely remarkable Kings Canyon and on this scenic drive (part of Hwy 180) you will witness mile after mile of incredible geological displays! We started from Grant Grove Village (John Muir Lodge –separate review) and were going to allow about 3 hours roundtrip to Cedar Grove Village and Roads End. Without... More 

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