Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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  • 1. Big Trees Trail

    Trail

    The 0.7-mile, wheelchair-accessible portion of this path is a must, as it does not take long, and the setting is spectacular: beautiful Round...Read More

  • 2. Congress Trail

    Trail

    This 2-mile trail, arguably the best hike in the parks in terms of natural beauty, is a paved loop that begins near General Sherman Tree. You...Read More

  • 3. Crystal Cave

    Cave

    One of more than 200 caves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Crystal Cave is composed largely of marble, the result of limestone being hardened under...Read More

  • 4. General Sherman Tree

    Other Attraction

    The 274.9-foot-tall General Sherman is one of the world's tallest and oldest sequoias, and it ranks No. 1 in volume, adding the equivalent of...Read More

  • 5. Generals Highway

    Scenic Drive

    One of California's most scenic drives, this 46-mile road (also signed as Route 198) is the main asphalt artery between Sequoia and Kings Canyon...Read More

  • 6. Grant Grove Trail

    Trail

    Grant Grove is only 128 acres, but it's a big deal. More than 120 sequoias here have a base diameter that exceeds 10 feet, and the General Grant...Read More

  • 7. Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

    Scenic Drive

    The 30-mile stretch of Route 180 between Grant Grove Village and Zumwalt Meadow delivers eye-popping scenery—granite cliffs, a roaring river...Read More

  • 8. Moro Rock

    Nature Sight

    This sight offers panoramic views to those fit and determined enough to mount its 350 or so steps. In a case where the journey rivals the destination...Read More

  • 9. Zumwalt Meadow Trail

    Trail

    Rangers say this is the best (and most popular) day hike in the Cedar Grove area. Just 1½ miles long, it offers three visual treats: the South...Read More

  • 10. Annual Trek to the Tree

    Festival–Sight

    On the second Sunday of December, thousands of carolers gather at the base of General Grant Tree, the nation's official Christmas tree. ...Read More

  • 11. Auto Log

    Forest

    Before its wood showed signs of severe rot, cars drove right on top of this giant fallen sequoia. Now it's a great place to pose for pictures...Read More

  • 12. Big Baldy Trail

    Trail

    This hike climbs 600 feet and 2 miles up to the 8,209-foot summit of Big Baldy. Your reward is the view of Redwood Canyon. Round-trip, the hike...Read More

  • 13. Big Fresno Fair

    Festival–Sight

    Over 12 days in October, agricultural, home-arts, and other competitions, plus horse racing and a carnival make for a lively county fair. ...Read More

  • 14. Big Stump

    Restaurant

    Some trees still stand at this site at the edge of a sequoia grove logged in the 1800s. Near the park's entrance, the area is paved and next...Read More

  • 15. Big Stump Trail

    Trail

    From 1883 until 1890, logging was done here, complete with a mill. The 1-mile loop trail, whose unmarked beginning is a few yards west of the...Read More

  • 16. Blossom Days Festival

    Festival–Sight

    On the first Saturday of March, communities along Fresno County's Blossom Trail celebrate the flowering of the area's orchards, citrus groves...Read More

  • 17. Buena Vista Peak Trail

    Trail

    For a 360-degree view of Redwood Canyon and the High Sierra, make the 2-mile ascent to Buena Vista. Difficult. ...Read More

  • 18. Columbine Picnic Area

    Restaurant

    This shaded picnic area near the sequoias is relatively level. Tables, restrooms, drinking water, and grills are available. ...Read More

  • 19. Crescent Meadow

    Restaurant

    A mile or so past Moro Rock, this comparatively remote picnic area has meadow views and is close to a lovely hiking trail. Tables are under...Read More

  • 20. Crescent Meadow

    Trail

    A sea of ferns signals your arrival at what John Muir called the "gem of the Sierra." Walk around for an hour or two, and you might decide that...Read More

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