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“Take the time to explore beyond the giant Sequoias!”
Review of Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon
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Owner description: Kings Canyon National Park is named for this large canyon, perfect for hiking.
Winnipeg, Canada
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175 reviews
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“Take the time to explore beyond the giant Sequoias!”
Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

The superstars of Sequoia & Kings Canyon parks might be the trees but whatever you do, make sure you take time to explore Kings Canyon. California 180 (aka Kings Canyon Scenic Byway) is an amazing drive and my wife & I found it far more spectacular than Yosemite's highly lauded Tioga Road. There are some great turnouts along the way as well as the opportunity to buy gas from the oldest dual gravity pumps in the US at Kings Canyon Lodge and explore the caves at Boyden Cavern. The Kings River runs along the road for much of the length with its wild & rugged beauty constantly drawing your attention away from the ever curving road. Roaring River Falls & Zumwalt Meadow offers some nice stops along the way to take in a little more of the canyon's beauty. There's even more to see & do in the canyon but all you really need to know is that it's definitely worth the trip!

Visited August 2013
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Round Rock, Texas
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“Awesome views”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We only had a day to drive through Sequoia and Kings Canyon but it was well worth the detour. I always hate that I'm the one driving because there is so much to see. The park reminded me a lot of Yosemite but without the waterfalls.

Visited August 2013
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Texas
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“Nature - need I say more”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

My lady and I spent two days hiking in this beautiful park. Just a wonderful spot with amazing scenery. We were privileged enough to share our hikes with multiple deer - including an incredibly beautiful fawn and mother - and a young black bear who was content to let us watch him tear at trees for food from about 5 yards away. Amazing, just amazing. And the trees - awe inspiring. I don't know much about Teddy Roosevelt but I am very happy he chose to institute the National PArk System. America can indeed be beautiful and this is one of those places.

Visited August 2013
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los angeles
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77 reviews
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“A paradise of trees”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

This national park is less crowded than it's nearby cousin, Yosemite. So if you would like to visit somewhere peaceful and beautiful and serene, then come to Sequoia and Kings Canyon dual National park. It is hard to compete with the largest living organism in the world, The General Sherman Tree or the beauty of Crystal Cave or climbing up 300 feet of stairs in 1/4 mile to the top of Moro Rock. There are so many walks and for the adventurous the trails to waterfalls and the back country is outstanding. The drive down to Cedar Grove has you on the edge of your seat with sharp cliff drop offs that are beautiful. The easy to walk 200 yards to Roaring River Falls is a must see.Then there is Boyden cave to test your uphill walking skills. If you like camping I would recommend the Azalea campground for sheer beauty but Sunset campground is nice too. The little cabins are cute and there are a few with restrooms, otherwise you have a central bath house. Of course you can stay in a lodge there or at
Wakasaki Village if you need amenities. But just go to see the trees mainly. Oh General Grant Tree is the third largest living tree.

Visited August 2013
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Northern California
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“Great park”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

This park has amazing backpacking opportunities, if that's what you are into. We are not up to that, but love waterfalls, meadows, and big trees. Those were all easy to get to, with no big crowds.

Visited August 2013
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