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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Travel Guide

Plan Your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Vacation

Although Sequoiadendron giganteum is the formal name for the redwoods that grow here, everyone outside the classroom calls them sequoias, big trees, or Sierra redwoods. Their monstrously thick trunks and branches, remarkably shallow root systems, and neck-craning heights are almost impossible to believe, as is the fact they can live for more than 2,500 years. Many of these towering

marvels are in the Giant Forest stretch of Generals Highway, which connects Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Gentle giants You'll feel small—in a good way—walking among some of the world's largest living things in Sequoia's Giant Forest and Kings Canyon's Grant Grove.
  2. Because it's there You can't even glimpse it from the main part of Sequoia, but the sight of majestic Mt. Whitney is worth the trek to the eastern face of the High Sierra.
  3. Underground exploration Far older even than the giant sequoias, the gleaming limestone formations in Crystal Cave will draw you along dark, marble passages.
  4. A grander-than-Grand Canyon Drive the twisting Kings Canyon Scenic Byway down into the jagged, granite Kings River Canyon, deeper in parts than the Grand Canyon.
  5. Regal solitude To spend a day or two hiking in a subalpine world of your own, pick one of the 11 trailheads at Mineral King.

When To Go

When to Go

The best times to visit are late spring and early fall, when temperatures are moderate and crowds thin. Summertime can draw hordes of tourists to ...

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