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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  • Giant forest in Sequoia National Park is a beautiful place to visit enjoying the benefits of camping, hiking or staying in a lodge.  more »
  • We drove up from LA to visit the Park. We had never been there . It was around a 4-41/2 hr drive. Be prepared after you go through the entrance booth for a winding , curvy, road with hairpin curves, m...  more »
  • Fantastic site! Are several miles walk in the National Park with lush landscapes. The sequoias are scattered through the Park, but are mainly in the area of General Shermann Tree. Mandatory stops on the Lodgepole Visitor Center to make the trail until the General Shermann, in the Tunnel and in the Live Rock. Attention: you will be 2,400 meters high, so will be much more cold and the air is more thin. Take something to eat during the tour. The path for the US198 of an entrance to the Park the other takes around 4 hours with stops. The stretch South of the park entrance to the sequoias, or vice versa, has 30 km of winding curves, if you have children or if you have motion sickness problems, prevent Admission $30.00 per vehicle.. I traveled with family and recommend!
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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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