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Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
366 helpful votes
“Wonderful place”
Reviewed October 16, 2006

Visited Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks this month. Only wish had had longer! Kings Canyon is aweinspiring to drive through, all windy roads and impressive jagged skylines. Sequoia NP is one of the most amazing places i've ever been to. You really feel like you are in a giant's natural kingdom, even after having eaten all those huge american sized portions of food served everywhere on my hol! The trees are so huge and beautiful like oversized chunky cinnamon sticks. The General Sherman tree is incredible i cant believe its that big and old and still living, you can see the leaves (a very long way up !) sap coming out, squirrels and chipmunks clambering over it..Its about the size of a lighthouse no actually i reckon its bigger! I have wanted to see this wonder of nature since i was a little girl and didnt even know where it was in america so was very pleased to find out it was here when had already decided to visit this national park. Also impressed that you only pay one entry for both the parks. It was autumn and the trees were getting very pretty.
Stayed at the Kings Lodge which was lovely. It has icecream and the oldest double gravity gas pumps in USA. I'm told it was double the price for the gas, but it was still cheaper than UK prices! To an american tourist it would seem high, but i think its understandable for such a remote place. The lodge was great and a good price in fact an excellent price for such a setting. Remote, nothing else around. So quiet at night, no cars, no tv. i would recommend take a good book, go to bed early so can get up early to explore. The room was great and had our own balcony to eat on and watch the stars. One of the best places i have ever stayed in, and comfortable too! In fact, the best nights sleep i have had on my USA holiday, as comfy and quiet. I felt a bit sorry for the man running the lodge as i didnt see anyone helping him and he seemed to do everything! ie the gas (as not self service), taking bookings, cooking food, doing the icecreams.. impressive who said men couldnt multitask?!
I would recommend to take food and drinks with you as was nowhere to eat after dark (which is fine as i hate seeing natural places ruined with too many amenities..you wouldnt get that in australian national parks for example; can't people learn to be more independant and resourceful?) had to have an unhealthy dinner of some chips i'd brought with me but thats my fault for not being prepared!

6 Thank UKGirly
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Los Angeles
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
22 helpful votes
“Once In A Lifetime Trip (Meaning I'd Only Stay Here Once)”
Reviewed October 10, 2006

This park has some great scenery, fall colors, fire lookouts, but very, very few amenities. We visited most lodges and restaurants in the park, and here's what we think. First choice for a return trip would be Wuksachi Lodge. The food is fantastic (make dinner reservations early), but we didn't see the accommodations since we stayed in Grant Grove. Option #2 is Grant Grove, which is a very tired place, even with its new Muir Lodge. We stayed in a rustic cabin the first night and, after half the showers didn't work and the bathroom was filthy, checked into Muir Lodge, a nice looking motel (not really a lodge). The food was mediocre at Grant Grove, so we tried Cedar Grove in the canyon. It was a cafeteria-type place that was even more frozen in the 1960s than Grant Grove (but the food was OK-ish). We walked into the famous ice cream stop between the two Groves, Kings Lodge, and were greeted by an enormous photo of President George W looming over the bar. The help was rather redneck-ish and lumbered over to ask what we wanted. We wanted to get out of there (and for a different picture).

We also hit Snowline Lodge on the way out...ick. Avoid it. It's for sale. Maybe someone will buy it and burn it down, starting over. The overall experience was OK, but the lodging was pretty shabby. Surprising for a national park...you'd think NPS would have better management of the contractors doing guest services, and make them run a tighter ship.

3 Thank JasonLA
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Level 6 Contributor
1,014 reviews
1,817 helpful votes
“The Majestic Redwoods!”
Reviewed March 26, 2006

A trip to the Sequoia National Park is a real treat. The towering redwoods are a sight to behold. This is a nice place to spend an afternoon or take a picnic lunch. There are also several places to fish in the area. We like Stoney Creek. Here there is also a small restaurant and a rustic lodge if you aren't camping.
The Sequoia Montecito Resort is also a very nice place to stay in this area for the non-campers. It is less populated than Yosemite, yet still offers many fine options for fishing, camping, hiking and photography shoots.

5 Thank syrahgirl
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Seminole, FL
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
30 helpful votes
“Sequoia National Park is Spectacular”
Reviewed January 25, 2006

We visited Sequoia National Park in August of 2005. I must say, it was even more beautiful than we had expected it to be. The drive from the town of Three rivers up to the Wuksachi Lodge is long,steep and very curvey but filled with the most beautiful scenery. The first time we saw a sequoia tree it just seemed unreal; it was so large.

We stayed at the Wuksachi Lodge which was quit expensive (over $200) but is in a very good location for exploring the park. Our room was on the end of the building near the wooden pathway where guests constently were rolling their suitcases so you may want to ask for a room away from the walkway. Our room was large and very clean, had a sitting area with a pull out sofabed and tv and a seperate sleeping area with 2 double beds. Also the room had a small refridgerator. One problem was the room had no airconditioning so we had to leave the windows open at night or swelter. We saw a family of deer right outside our room and some adorable chipmunks as well.

We went to Crystal cave the next morning and enjoyed the the nice half hour walk to the cave and the tour. The path to the cave is along a stream with a pretty waterfall.

Next we went to Moro Rock and climbed the 400 steps to the top and were rewarded with a spectacular view of the Great Western Divide.

We walked through a Sequoia grove on the brand new paved path to the General Sherman tree...wow! It is believed to be the largest living thing on Earth.

On day 2 we had a great time hiking the Tokopah Falls trail. It starts near the Lodgepole campground and follows the Marble fork of the Kaweah River. It is a very easy 1.7 mile hike each way to the falls. You will see a beautiful river full of gigantic boulders, stroll through peaceful, shady forests and meadows and towards the end the trail becomes rocky. Along the way their are great views of huge granite formations. Keep your eyes open for marmots along the way, you'll see them on the rocks if you are lucky.

There are many more trails to explore than we had time for this trip but I would definatly love to go back to this beautiful park.

16 Thank ehewell2000
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San Diego
1 review
“Loved the trees!!!!”
Reviewed October 3, 2005

Something everyone should see in their lifetime. Heavenly!

Thank Jen E
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