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 into our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I love to travel and I found this to be one of the coolest and most beautiful places I’ve been. I definitely recommend. Amazing!  more »
  • The giant sequoias were so much grander than I had imagined! I have never felt so small or insignificant as standing and looking up at these giants. It is hard to imagine their scale until you see the...  more »
  • Must See. The best of the whole valley. Combination with museum. Impressive just. You just drive in between. Between the Giants
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