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General Sherman Tree

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: An 249.9 foot ancient tree believed to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Wow!! A sight to be seen. Great paths to the tree but very peaceful even with a lot of tourists. We even saw bears on our way out which was a bonus.

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Munich, Germany
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Exciting also for small children, easy walk from parking and many possibilities to extend the hike. Many other attractions nearby

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We have visited several national parks and national historic sites, and were eager to see the General Sherman Tree. We were impressed, first of all, by how clean and well-appointed Sequoia National Park is (at least the parts we saw). Loved the wide, gently-sloping paved paths and the rocky retaining walls. It was an easy walk from the parking lot... More

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Conroe, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The General Sherman Tree was truly spectacular. The sequoias themselves are incredible, but this one is over the top. The fact that all the trees seem to be straight up and very similar in size all the way to the top is incredible. The 103 circumference of the tree is "have to see it to believe it" kind of thing.... More

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Chamberlain, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It holds two of the worlds top tree superlatives and should be seen from the many angles provided, the long one from the upper parking lot the best. Then, after walking the close in loop, take the lower loop of trails before returning to the the upper lot: It's very scenic and worth the extra time and effort.

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Torrance, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
43 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Crazy huge! It's mind boggling how large this tree is! It's a bit touristy here and it's frustrating to see smokers and those who feel that stepping over the railing to take a picture is somehow permissible. But aside from the humans, the nature is overwhelmingly glorious!!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We did this little hike early in the morning and hardly anyone was around. It's a very peaceful hike. You have a nice little overhang view of the tree if you take the trail down. Also they have this little area where they laid bricks on the ground in the exact shape of the bottom of the tree.. Pretty awesome.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The trail down to the tree is great, there are many Sequoias to see along the way. There can be a bit of a crowd there taking pictures at peak times. We lucked out and caught a ranger presentation about the tree and chatted the ranger up before. I highly recommend catching one if you can. Watch out on the... More

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Halifax
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

By it's self...its a big fat tree. As part of the sequoia experience, its a must. What made it even more special was that 100m from the General there were two bears foraging for food. The whole of the large reds are definitely worth a visit, take in a bear or two (we saw 3), then its truly magical.

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Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Of course this is a must do if you are in the area. The trail to get to the tree isn't to bad on the way down, but on the way back, take your time! When you do get to the tree it is an awesome sight. You can't help but to stare up until your neck hurts. It's amazing.... More

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