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Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park Sequoia National Park

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Sequoia and King's Canyon National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Sequoia National Park
CA
93271
Tel: 559-565-3341

Where are we going today?

Are you ready to visit the Land of Giants? We don't mean robots or the BFG - in fact, we mean the sequoia trees in California, which can grow to incredible heights!

The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a pretty impressive experience for a child, and a great place for the family to enjoy the great outdoors, and a little adventure!

This national park has dramatic landscapes that keep changing, from the huge mountains, to the deep canyons, to rugged foothills and vast caverns. And of course, there are the world's largest trees!

Did we mention the sequoia's are the WORLD'S largest tree? We did now!

There are two parks that lie side by side - the Sequoia, and the Kings - within the Sierra Nevada, and are perfect for adventure.

If you love exploring, there are over 800 miles of trails which allow you to explore the 800,000 acres of wilderness. Try and spot the local wildlife that live there, including coyotes. These trails are perfect for day hikes, or you might want to choose an overnight wilderness trip to really explore the area.

All of the trails vary in difficulty, so if you want easy paved trails which are great for little kids and wheelchairs, or you perfect the strenuous, then there is something for you!

The Visitor Centers are a great place to start your adventure, as there are exhibits on the parks, and they can really help when planning your trip. The parks also hold ranger led programs which are free, and a great way to learn more about the nature and conservation!

So grab those walking shoes, because there is adventure to be had in sunny California!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10 individual per week / $20 per vehicle
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

24 hours a day

365 days a year

I'm Hungry!

There are restaurant options within the park if you want to grab some food there!.

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you take plenty of bottled water and healthy snacks to keep your energy up!.

Any Top Tips?

There are black bears active in the parks, so make sure you store food properly, and read all the guidelines before you visit.

Need a little extra help?

If you have mobility or sensory impairments, there are trails and programs which are perfect for you. There is more information in the visitor center!.

Can I get one of those?

You can pick up gifts and souvenirs in the visitor centers.

More information

The campgrounds are open in all areas from spring to fall, and there are a handful that stay open in winter.

What people are saying?

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    I'm writing this primarily to tie-up a many-month feedback lapse: One of the lodge employees, with a name-tag denoting Josil, very kindly provided my wife and I a set of lengthy explanations to a long list of inquiries. A lot of detail garnered from her personal experiences helped us significantly. This was while we were staying at the lodge where where she worked as a receptionist, not the restaurant-portion.

    However, in coming here I've seen a perplexing mix of restaurant reviews. There must be some variability in chefs! To provide our tip on...Read More

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    This is one of the absolute best places to stay in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Sequoia National Park Every time we stayed there was a memory of a lifetime. I recommend this place to anyone who visits the Sequoia National Park.

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    We just ate dinner at the lodge restaurant. I didn't have a reservation, but the hostess told us we could be sat in about 15 minutes. After waiting for a about thirty minutes, despite being about 5 feet away in direct view of the hostess stand, the hostess acted like she had never seen us before. The dining room was almost empty at this time. The food arrived quickly and was adequate, but the entree portions were miniscule. I've had much better for much less.

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    2 stays, no complaint. Giant Forest Lodge in 1957 and 1961 was among the Big Trees, but is no more. Even our camp ground in Giant Forest has been closed -- for good reason. But I don't agree with the man who say he would rather rent an RV. My rooms, in two separate buildings, for my stays were excellent, and who can complain about walking 200 yards to a quite satisfactory dining room. I gave it only four stars only because the rooms are several hundred yards from the dining room. On our second stay we had wi-fi in our room for free!

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    Awesome! Great People and what a wonderful view! I would love to visit again during summer this time. Stop at Wal-Mart and buy some chains for your car before going. Just a good idea as they may be required. We had a wonderful dinner and breakfast at the Lodge. Great times!

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by Ian Ewing

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I'm writing this primarily to tie-up a many-month feedback lapse: One of the lodge employees, with a name-tag denoting Josil, very kindly provided my wife and I a set of lengthy explanations to a long list of inquiries. A lot of detail garnered from her personal experiences helped us significantly. This was while we were staying at the lodge where where she worked as a receptionist, not the restaurant-portion.

However, in coming here I've seen a perplexing mix of restaurant reviews. There must be some variability in chefs! To provide our tip on that balance - the restaurant was fantastic. The portions were large - much larger than expected! Very pleasing when you've been traipsing about the Sequoias all day. (Also worth noting - they provided gluten-free options, a must for my wife.) The workload on the wait-staff was quite high, but provided great service despite this. Equally important, the ambiance of the place was lovely and perfectly suited the external environs/views thereof. A high-ceiling open space, stone slab and timber construction, centered on a large, radiant fireplace.

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