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!