Sequoia National Park is one of the most southerly of the Sierra Nevada national parks and one of the most breathtaking.
Famous for its thick forests of ancient sequoia trees, the park's Giant Forest is home to five of the ten largest trees in the world. The enormous General Sherman tree, thought to be the largest on earth, stands 275 feet high and is reputed to be 2200 years old. Visit the Giant Forest Museum for a better understanding of the life cycle of these huge sequoias and what is being done to protect them.
Highway 198 climbs through the park's largely roadless wilderness, making for easy sightseeing. Inside the park boundaries it is known as the Generals Highway. Following the road from the museum you can take the spur to Auto Log, a fallen sequoia chiselled flat to enable motorists to drive on to it. Beyond lies the granite monolith of Moro Rock where a three mile trail leads up 400 stone steps for remarkable long distance views.
Other highlights of the park include the Tunnel Log, where you can drive through a hole cut in a massive sequoia that fell in 1937, the geological displays at Lodgepole Village, and the glacial canyon on the Tokopah Valley Trail.
Areas where the giant sequoias don't grow are swathed with pine and fir trees and encircled by steep mountain trails that reach for the barren peaks of the High Sierra beyond the tree line.
Suggested Sequoia National Park itinerary
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Places near Sequoia National Park
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- Death Valley National Park 83 miles away
- Yosemite National Park 110 miles away
- Pismo Beach 149 miles away
- Santa Barbara 157 miles away
- Los Angeles 171 miles away
- Big Sur 181 miles away
- Monterey 186 miles away
- Carmel 187 miles away
- Las Vegas 191 miles away
- Lake Tahoe 198 miles away
- Sacramento 217 miles away
- Palm Springs 218 miles away
- San Francisco 231 miles away
- Napa Valley 241 miles away
- Sonoma 248 miles away
- San Diego 273 miles away
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