Kings Canyon National Park is wilder and less visited than neighboring Sequoia National Park and contains an amazing collection of canyons and remote lakes.
In order to reach the canyon, visitors must pass through the little village of Grant Grove. Here the short Big Stump Trail winds past the enormous stumps of trees felled in the late 19th century.
Close by, in a large stand of sequoias, stand the General Grant and the Robert E. Lee trees which both rival the 275-feet-tall General Sherman tree of Sequoia National Park in size. Highway 180, the Kings Canyon Highway, descends into the steep-sided Kings Canyon, cut by the furious waters of the Kings River. Here, immense walls of blue marble and granite contrast with the clear river water and verdant green yucca plants.
Within the national park lies Cedar Grove Village, set amidst a wonderful proliferation of cedar trees. There are some very scenic walking trails here, some following the creeks and others encompassing the Zumwalt Meadows, and all overshadowed by the forbidding mass of the Grand Sentinel and North Dome peaks.
Suggested itinerary featuring Kings Canyon National Park
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Kings Canyon National Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Kings Canyon National Park
- Sequoia National Park 33 miles away
- Yosemite National Park 84 miles away
- Death Valley National Park 88 miles away
- Lake Tahoe 169 miles away
- Pismo Beach 172 miles away
- Big Sur 188 miles away
- Monterey 188 miles away
- Santa Barbara 188 miles away
- Carmel 190 miles away
- Las Vegas 196 miles away
- Sacramento 197 miles away
- Los Angeles 204 miles away
- San Francisco 221 miles away
- Napa Valley 226 miles away
- Sonoma 234 miles away
- Palm Springs 246 miles away