Giant Forest, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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Home to General Sherman, the largest tree (and living thing) in the world, Giant Forest, contains 12 of the top 40 giant sequoias. You'll feel like an ant as you walk along the 3.2 km (2 mi) Congress Trail; the sheer enormity of the trees towering above gives this area its name. Other noteworthy trees found here include: General Grant, the second largest sequoia tree in the world (estimated to be over 3,000 years old), and the equally impressive President Tree. Watch for wildlife ranging from squirrels to deer to black bears. Make sure to visit the museum where you'll learn how tree bark up to 0.5 m (18 in) thick protects these colossal creatures from fire. Put Giant Forest at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation builder.
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  • First of all, I'd like to let people know things that no one else wrote about. Once you pay your fee ($30 per car), there is a 17 mile almost the whole way there all winding road ( at 25mph) to where ...  more »
  • If you are nearby don't miss this marvel. The Redwood trees of impressive size leave amazed especially when you consider that resisted even the fires that occurred over time. Really beautiful scenery especially in summer when the temperature in the Park is great for walks in the Woods.
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  • Unfortunately, it rained a lot during our visit to Sequoia Park, which made less enjoyable time. Nevertheless, several places are fun to visit and various walks are possible. The Sherman Tree is easy to access (700 meters to feet downhill from the parking lot) and impressive, but not what we preferred. I recommend the road to Crescent Meadow, she has several nice places for photos and we were able to see deer. Note that despite the hour wait on a road due to work, we have to wait 10 minutes.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks provide plenty of lodging right inside their boundaries. Kings Canyon operates three lodges and a set of cabins, with two of the lodges and the cabins remaining open throughout the year. Of these, the John Muir Lodge sits closest to the entrance. The parks also offer more than a dozen campgrounds about equally distributed between them, with most operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsites fill up quickly on Friday nights in summer, but you should be able to find a place for your tent any other time during the week. Your accommodation options expand if you look along Sierra Road to the west of the parks. Motels, nature resorts, inns, bed and breakfasts, and lodges line the road, which runs alongside the North Fork Kaweah River.
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