Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. General Sherman Tree

    Local Interest–Sight

    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

  • 3. Generals Highway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    One of California's most scenic drives, this 46-mile road is the main asphalt artery between Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks. Some portions...Read More

  • 4. Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    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

  • 5. Moro Rock

    Geological Site

    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

  • 6. Sequoia Parks Conservancy Field Institute

    Tour–Sight

    The Sequoia Parks Conservancy's highly regarded educational division conducts half-day, single-day, and multiday tours that include backpacking...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Big Stump

    Restaurant–Sight

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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Cedar Grove Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Off the main road and behind the Sentinel Campground, this small ranger station has books and maps, plus information about hikes and other activities...Read More

  • 13. Columbine

    Restaurant–Sight

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

  • 14. Crescent Meadow

    Trail/Path

    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

  • 15. Crescent Meadow

    Restaurant–Sight

    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

  • 16. Evening Programs

    Tour–Sight

    The Sequoia Parks Conservancy presents films, hikes, and evening lectures during the summer and winter. From May through October the popular...Read More

  • 17. Exeter Murals

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    More than two dozen murals in the Central Valley city of Exeter's cute-as-a-button downtown make it worth a quick detour if you're traveling...Read More

  • 18. Fallen Monarch

    Tour–Sight

    This toppled sequoia's hollow base was used in the second half of the 19th century as a home for settlers, a saloon, and even to stable U.S...Read More

  • 19. Foothills Picnic Area

    Restaurant–Sight

    Near the parking lot at the southern entrance of the park, this area has tables, drinking water, and restrooms. ...Read More

  • 20. Foothills Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Exhibits here focus on the foothills and resource issues facing the parks. You can pick up books, maps, and a list of ranger-led walks, and...Read More

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