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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  • This is definitely a must see, bucket list visit. Beautiful, preserved environment, wonderful views, fabulous paths/trails.  more »
  • Paved path. Relatively short walk for hikers, but with a slope that will work you if you're not in shape. Good info placed along the path. Beautiful views of the forest and significant trees, of cours...  more »
  • Left early from Vegas (8:00 am) and we diverted 1:00:30 m and the same stretch to return (3:00) to learn about this wonderful and giant living being. In winter, we got close to sunset, but good photos. I invite everyone to meet the Sequoia trees of this park "Sequoia National PARK". You pay $ $30.00 per car to enter the Park. If also to YOSEMITE, I suggest pay 50.00 by "annual membership card of parks", instead of 2 x 30. We slept in Oakhurst Yosemite the next day, other beautiful landscapes.
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  • This is the most spectacularly beautiful forests on earth. Photos and videos do not do it justice. This is one of the few places you can visit where Giant Sequoias dominate the forest. Giant sequoias exist in other parts of the park and the Sierras, but you usually only get fleeting glimpses of them through the pine and fir trees. A rare red trunk sticking out in a group of brown and gray ones. Here, they are the main event. Seeing how rare and sparse these trees are in the rest of the Sierras makes you realize how special this place really is.
  • Breathtaking views! Really worth visiting
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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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