How to Visit Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

It’s California’s first national park, home to the earth’s largest living things (giant sequoias) and the deepest canyon in North America (sorry, Grand Canyon!). Together, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks make up two stunning landscapes and one amazing weekend getaway. BONUS: You get to stay inside the national park.

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Stay in the Park

Sleep among giants in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, with plenty of lodging options, from the famous “Honeymoon Cabin” to the amazing stone-and-cedar Wuksachi Lodge set at 7,200 feet and surrounded by Sierra peaks, and the legendary John Muir Lodge. Take a look and book your stay!

Snowshoe in Giant Forest and Under Moonlight

Ranger-guided snowshoe hikes are regularly scheduled in winter (the next one is March 17). The Realm of the Giants snowshoe hike is a spectacular way to get acquainted with this winter and spring wonderland of giant sequoias. Additionally, free guided snowshoe hikes are offered through the Sequoia Parks Conservancy, including First Day of Spring snowshoe hikes at John Muir Lodge and Wuksachi Lodge and full moon snowshoe hikes at Grant Grove.

Say Hi to the Generals

The General Sherman Tree is the world’s largest, with surrounding trails for added discovery and awe among groves of behemoth trees. The General Grant Tree is the second-largest giant sequoia in the world and dubbed “The Nation’s Christmas Tree.” Make it a twofer!

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