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47050 Generals Highway, Visitors Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Memphis, TN
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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“What an experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2008

Okay, you've probably seen the pictures, but nothing really prepares you for the reality. When you see the trees, up close and in person... it is a spiritual experience. Walking among the trees, along the trails in solitude, enjoying the tranquility. It's something that's hard to describe.

There is more to the park than just the trees however... there is the impressive Moro Rock... the Petroglyphs... Crystal Cavern... Kaweah River and more.

All I can say is just go... you will love it.

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London
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“A beautiful place in the sky about four hours from the smog of L.A”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2008

If you find yourself in Los Angeles and have three or four days to kill then a trip to the Sequoia national park is a great place to go. We went in summer when a forest is a good place to be to escape the heat. The sequoia is a pine tree which grows to giant proportions and the sequoia park houses the largest tree (by volume) on earth. Once entering the gates of the park there is approximately a three quarter of an hour drive before parking by a log hut museum, which talks about the terrain which has allowed these giant trees to thrive. There are free shuttle buses around the forest, as a way of reducing personal car travel through the park. There were once over three hundred hotels, restaurants and gas stations in the forest which were all torn down as they were damaging the ecosystem, and now they are gone make this place a much more enjoyable place. The trees are awe inspiring and the scale of the forest is jurrasic in proportion. Don't approach the bears, as I did. They may seem small, but when they turn and growl at you they seem a lot bigger. You can stay at a camp ground in Lodgepoll or various motels outside the park.

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San Diego
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“Big Trees and big fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2008

We did a family vacation during our spring break. It snowed the day we drove up, thankfully we had a 4x4. The giant redwoods surrounded by the fresh snow were beautiful. The 6" of fresh snow was great for our kids to sled in.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Giant trees. deep canyon, beautiful wilderness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2007

My family and I loved Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. A beautiful wilderness wonderland highlighted by hundreds of giant Sequoias and a harrowing, beautiful drive to the bottom of Kings Canyon. We spent several days here, probably should have spent more because this is such a wonderful place. If you go, walk up to the top of Moro Rock, walk through the giant grove of Sequoias and drive to the bottom of Kings Canyon. The Sequoias are such giant, beautiful trees, but almost impossible to photograph because of their size. This Sierra Nevada wilderness is a hikers delight, hundreds of miles of trails. The park is probably the most isolated area in the lower U.S. If solitude is what you need, you won't have any problems finding it here. A great place for the family, I highly recommend it.

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Marin county, CA
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“amazing trees, generally relaxing but lodgepole is mobbed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2007

Go see this national park. It is an amazing place, especially if you like canyon views and amazing forests.

It is not as crowded as Yosemite. There are fewer sights to see but it is quite beautiful.

The lodges don't have air conditioning so be aware of stuffy warm nights in the summertime, and bring your own fan.

Grant Grove is the best place to stay. Lodgepole is mobbed. It was horribly crowded when we went. Go to Lodgepole only for the visitor center and to watch their film--we saw one on the bears of Sequoia--it was excellent. Mineral king is a major drive from Sequoia, very windy road, so don't go unless you have time to kill. However, it's supposed to be gorgeous.

Wuksachi is the nicest lodge in the park. Still, it is no Awahnee. The rooms are 3 star-type accomodations, and the lodge lobby and dining room are completely separate from the rooms (the buildings are separated by about 1/10 of a mile). There is sparse service, and you will need to carry your luggage on a long walk to get from the parking lot to your room--that was the worst part of this lodge experience.

John muir lodge is nice too, smaller than Wuksachi.

Come in to the parks on hwy 140--it's much better than the other entrance from Visalia--the road is less rickety and windy. Fill up your gas at the arco about 1/2 hour from the entrance. There is no major commercial gas in the parks and the price is expensive--you can get it at stoney creek village--best, kings lodge (rickety little place), and hume lake.

The best way to see the trees is to use the shuttle service, definitely. When we went it was mobbed and this was the only way to see them without struggling with filled parking lots and 2 miles of a trek just to see the Sherman tree.

It's a nice getaway.

Have fun!

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