One of the most incredible national parks in the US, Sequoia National Park is a must-visit for any outdoor lover. This national park offers a tranquility you won’t find in nearby Yosemite, plus opportunities to explore meadows, canyons, and along rivers. From hiking to caving to camping to wildlife viewing, your getaway to Sequoia will fit the bill for an outdoor adventure-filled trip.
Sequoia National Park is four hours southeast of San Francisco. It’ll be an adventure to get to, but well worth it. The best way to get there is to drive, as public transportation won’t get you directly to the park. Plus, it's nice to have your own way to explore the area.
Break up your drive by making a pit stop in Madera to pick up some take out sandwiches from Deli Delicious. Then head east to Millerton Lake about 20 miles north of Fresno) for a picnic and some hiking around the foothills. On the road again heading for Sequoia National Park, be sure you fill your car up with gas. There are no gas stations within the park boundaries.
Stony Creek Lodge is located in the scenic Sequoia National Park, and features an onsite restaurant and a daily continental breakfast with bagels, cereal, fruit and coffee. Free Wi-Fi is available. A cable TV is provided in each room. Stony Creek Lodge also has a rarity within the park: a self-service gas station. The Sequoia Redwood Forest is 15 minutes' drive from the lodge. Kings Canyon National Park is less than 20 miles away.
Montecito Sequoia Lodge is located inPark. It features daily breakfast, lunch and . Guests can hire skis from the lodge. The rustic-style rooms offer mountain, forest or lake views. A seasonal outdoor pool, a 24-hour and tennis and basketball courts are available.
Silver City Mountain Resort is in the perfect place to base yourself for hiking, biking, fishing, and all sorts of outdoor explorations. Each cabin and cottage has a fully stocked kitchen and views of the forest. Located in the Sequoia National Park, this resort is surrounded by hiking, biking, and fishing in quiet nature. Some of the private cottages feature fully stocked kitchens. Free Wi-Fi is available in common areas. But confirm availability during cooler seasons, as the resort is primarily a summer getaway.
The Peaks Restaurant is in the middle of Sequoia National Park and offers a fantastic view of the forest. Enjoy fresh, local and sustainable dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes American classic fare, and veg and gluten-free selections.
The new Grant Grove Restaurant in Sequoia National Park is features a menu built on locally sourced, sustainable and organic ingredients. It highlights California-raised grass-fed beef, San Joaquin Valley-raised organic poultry and eggs, and Monterey Bay Aquarium-approved seafood. It also was built to achieve LEED Gold certification. All fitting for your breakfast, lunch and dinner experiences in one of the most awe-inspiring natural settings on the planet.
The Gateway Restaurant nearby in Three Rivers is just outside the entrance to Sequoia National Park. Catch it on your way in, your way out or just as a nearby option, if you're staying in the park. The food is classic American and the service is friendly. Sit on the deck beside the Kaweah River and watch for wildlife while you fill up before/after a fantastic day of hiking among giants.
As you grow tired and the sun gets lower in the sky, squeeze in one last walk of the day on the Tokopah Falls Trail. It’s an easy 3.5 mile (round trip) walk along the Kaweah River. You’ll get amazing views of a waterfall, canyon and valley made by the river. There are places to jump in and cool off in summer or enjoy a snowball fight in winter.
There's lots to see and do in Sequoia National park, and sometimes it's nice to tick something off the must-see list without having to block out hours for it. Tunnel Rock is a quick stop and worth a few minutes to see this impressive rock feature. Stretch your legs and grab a few photos, then let the good times roll.
General Sherman is the tallest tree in a forest of some of the world's tallest and biggest trees. General Sherman is a 3,000-year-old giant that calls for a half-mile leg-stretching hike to see, but it's more than worth it. Visitors have been known to drive several hours out of their way for this bucket-list beauty. If you only see one thing in Sequoia National Park, make General Sherman the one.
Crescent Meadows is a gorgeous, sprawling meadow filled with wildflowers in the summer. In the meadow you can sit inside a hollowed out tree, visit Tharp’s Log House and, if you're lucky, spot one of the black bears that tend to visit the field throughout the day -- from a safe distance.
When your feet are asking for a break but there's still lots to see, take a slow, jaw-dropping drive along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, where you can stop and view down into the depths of the canyon.