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“One of the Best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Kings Canyon National Park is named for this large canyon, perfect for hiking.
Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“One of the Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I am a very frequent visitor to the Sierra Nevada, and I have run the gamut of backpacking, camping, hotel suites, etc throughout the Sierra. I have also traveled throughout Southeast Asia, Europe (including over a dozen trips to the Swiss Alps), and I can say, without a doubt, that this is one of my favorite natural places. As a caveat, I live somewhat nearby, but it is really something special. If you are a newbie to the Sierra, I'd say fighting for space in Yosemite Valley should be a priority, but if you have the time or ability to make repeat visits, this is absolutely a highlight. Try to visit in Spring when the snow is still on the peaks and the rivers are flowing hard. If you are a backpacker, it is such an amazing playground that one could spend a lifetime exploring. If not, at least drive down to Road's End along with seeing the "big trees" in Sequoia.

I cannot comment on the facilities here because I really don't use them much, instead using the designation of the area as a national park and wilderness as a basis for many adventures. If Yosemite, even in the backcountry, leaves you wanting for solitude, this is your place! I suspect, like most national parks in the west, that they are minimal and mediocre at best (for food, lodging, etc). However, if you are the least bit adventurous and interested in the grandest of natural places, this is a place you cannot miss.

Visited May 2012
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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“The trees are ginormous!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Very beautiful drive from Fresno where I was staying on business. Pull over at the turnouts along the way to get some amazing pics. Many of the roads were closed due to weather but was able to walk the trail around the Grant Tree and the Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park. They are huge. Both must sees. Hope to go back when all the roads are open.

Visited March 2013
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Madera, California
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“This has to be one of the Best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We live near Kings Canyon/Sequoia and go there often. It is just a beautiful as Yosemite Valley, and much less crowded. Camping is a little less expensive, and there are not the touristy things that Yosemite has, but still plenty of hiking trails and falls. It's a good place to let the kids run and enjoy your family.

Visited August 2012
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Ukiah, California
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“Seeing the Big Trees and The View..although smoggy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I was trying to decide between this park and Yosemite....but the last time at Yosemite......although breathtaking.....is like going to an amusement park. For about 70% of the views and much more solitude--whether with your with a group or not, this park beats it. They finally have a somewhat pricey place to stay if you are not camping..but it was worth every cent. Rangers very helpful...you can see a lot from the Generals Highway and of course hiking is very good. I live in Sequoia sempevirens land(Redwoods) and these are different beasts, yes just as beautiful...I would enter from the southwest also,as another person wrote...one day is too short,but if that is all you have..do it...yes, the smog has diminished the view towards the valley. But don't look towards the valley..look towards the trees.

Visited May 2012
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Visalia, California
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“The View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Driveing there is part of thr excitement. Pull over at the lookouts if you want to see the kind of beauty thats hard to believe. Talk to rangers they can point you to things you wont believe, like Buck Rock lookout, Ceder Grove, Big Meadows. Hundreds of things to see, check it out.

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