One of the most incredible national parks in the USA, 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 . Then head east to about 20 miles north of Fresno) to eat your lunch and do some hiking around the foothills. You may get lucky and spot some wildlife as well - mule deer, badgers and bald eagles are frequently spotted in this area. Once you hit 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.
If you don't have your own way to the park, you can take the Amtrak from San Francisco to Visalia. Once in Visalia there is a Sequoia Shuttle that will drop you off inside the park.