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Memphis, TN
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
164 helpful votes
“What an experience”
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.

19 Thank Teambanzai
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1 review
7 helpful votes
“A beautiful place in the sky about four hours from the smog of L.A”
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.

7 Thank Surdorama
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San Diego
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Big Trees and big fun!”
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.

1 Thank TeamMac
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Marin county, CA
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
94 helpful votes
“amazing trees, generally relaxing but lodgepole is mobbed”
Reviewed September 11, 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!

9 Thank BayArean
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Fisherville, Kentucky
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
14 helpful votes
“Most beautiful forest I've ever been to”
Reviewed September 1, 2007

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in Sequoia National park this past summer. The park was very clean, the trails were awesome, and we loved the scenery. If you go, you must see General Sherman, and you must climb the 300 stairs to the top of Moro Rock. It was an unbelievable experience. We stayed the night in a very nice chalet outside the gates of the park called Sequoia Village Inn. In the morning, we backtracked to We Three Bakery for a wonderful breakfast and some tidbits of information from the friendly staff. Then we spent the rest of the day driving and hiking in the park. We were there in mid-June and the weather was perfect, and there weren't a lot of people in the park. The drive into the Giant Forest is a one of a kind experience, and you will find yourself wanting to stop at every big tree for a picture. But don't worry about missing one because there are plenty more to come ahead! We also saw a young bear on our drive up the mountain. We are already planning to go back. The only negative things that we experienced were delays from road construction in the park, and the lack of gas stations in the area. Make sure you have a full tank when you get there because it took us nearly 2 hours to get to the gas station when we left the park. I'm not sure but it may have been easier to have run out and called AAA :)

4 Thank HorseFly2007
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