Visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks was something that I wanted to do since I was a kid. After we forced ourselves to leave behind the beautiful Yosemite National Park, we found another piece of paradise while visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. From huge mountains to green meadows and waterfalls, these 2 national parks astound visitors everyday. All while visiting the world’s largest tree and the second largest canyon in North America.
The entrance to the park is the same like Yosemite. You will have to pay 30$ per car valid for 7 days. There is a shuttle as well in the Sequoia National Park in order for you not to use your car but make sure to check for schedules and any updates on the official website of the park.
I remember that time when I was in first grade and I wrote my first article for the school magazine. It was more like a wikipedia article, but I was fascinated by this giant trees so I had to write about them. Since then I wanted to walk among these giants. And let me tell you that the sequoias are absolutely everything I imagined they would be and more!
In Kings Canyon National Park you can visit General Grant, the third largest tree in the world, and from there head to Sequoia National Park to visit General Sherman, the largest tree in the world by volume. Head out early so you can beat the crowds and get a classic photo showing how small you are and how grandiose this tree is. We were not that early so we had to stay at quite a big line to get a photo here.
General Sherman isn’t the only massive sequoia to be found in the park either. The Giant Forest is so named because of the large number of the trees that are found there. Not to mention the other groves scattered about in various corners of the preserve as well. There is even a spot where one of the trees toppled centuries ago, and cars can now drive through a tunnel that has been carved from its trunk. While waiting for our turn to pass with the car, a deer with her baby passed right in front of our car. It was so sweet!
Kings Canyon is the second largest Canyon in North America and the views that you get here are amazing. The park offers so many hikes but we were quite tired from our hikes in Yosemite so we decided to take in the views from the meadows. Zumwalt Meadow is one that you can’t miss. The loop around the meadow is easy accessible but full of mosquitos. If they love you like they love me, bring lots of mosquito spray.
Even if you just drive through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, you’ll have a hard time not to stop all the time to snap some photos and just enjoy the view. Just off the main road in kings Canyon National Park, we found a beautiful waterfall. You don’t have to hike that much for this one, just 15 minutes walking from the parking lot. It’s quite nice to sit back, relax and enjoy the sound of the water.
In Sequoia National Park we couldn’t miss the hike up Moro Rock. It’s not easy at all, there are 400 steep steps, but doable at your own pace. Once you reach the top you will have quite some views across the mountains. I don’t know what is wrong with me, but my fear of heights gets sometimes quite crazy. Once we reached the top, there were these hand rails for you not to fall. I was literally hugging these hand rails and not moving a single centimeter. Saw it, very nice, now let’s go down! 😂
There are so many other hikes, waterfalls, caves and meadows to visit in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We tried to do as much as we could but still missed so much. I just wish I would have a chance to go back someday and tick the missing things out of my list. Even if I am ticking constantly things to do and see out of my list, it keeps getting longer somehow. There are so many beautiful places on this earth that I just wish everybody has the chance to see and enjoy them! As I always say, it doesn’t matter the size of your wallet, it’s your memories that makes your life beautiful and happy!
We loved our days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. What do you like to do when you’re off exploring the outdoors? Leave your favorite things in the comments below.
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