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Sequoia National Park: "The Land of Giants" Awaits Adventurous Kids & Families


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Sequoia National Park in California is a true testament to how colossal mother nature can be. The world's most giant trees dwarf their human visitors and make visiting Sequoia National Park a bucket list destination. The Park is an incredible getaway for residents of California and visitors of this iconic West coast state.

More than 600 miles of land make up this state park next to Kings Canyon National Park. From kids and teens to parents and grandparents, entering this national park transports visitors to a unique area known as the "Land of Giants."

Activities for Kids and Parents at Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park in the Golden State is the spot to view the park's namesake: Giant sequoia trees. The Park is easily accessible, and oh-so-scenic--parents and children alike will adore this national recreation area. Sightseeing throughout the park is the main reason individuals and families choose to travel here. The environment is unlike any other place on Earth. Visitors often feel as though they've shrunk to ant-size when standing next to the famous sequoias.  

Park guests travel to Sequoia National Park to experience historic landmarks, traverse sequoia groves, participate in ranger-led programs, hit the hiking trails, and more.

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Hiking trails like Big Trees Trail, Grant Tree Trail, Moro Rock Trail, and Congress Trail are among the most highly trodden loop trails that the park offers. These hiking and walking trails are manageable for children and adults alike. The paths range from mile hikes to day-long excursions. Park-goers should check for trail suggestions and information at the visitor center upon entrance.

Guests of Sequoia National Park will experience the rare wilderness at every turn. The trails and surrounding area are made up of massive mountains, rocky hills, immense canyons, underground caverns, and of course, the world's largest trees. The climate ranges from sunny, hot highways to cool, shaded sequoia groves within the park. Groves like Giant Forest, Grant Grove, Redwood Mountain Grove, and Muir Grove are specific to this Sierra Nevada region. They only occur between elevations of 4,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level. Don't forget to take photos of the kids standing next to and inside the large trees!

The Hume Lake is accessible to visitors who would like to go fishing or boating within the park. Kids and their parents often fish for rainbow trout and Sacramento sucker--among other aquatic species. Whether fishing or just hanging out by the lakes and streams, the waterfront areas are great spots to visit while at Sequoia National Park.

How to Get to Sequoia National Park

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The Park address is 47050 Generals Highway in Three Rivers, CA 93271. The area is part of California's Tulare County. It is located in the Southern Sierra Nevada region, East of the San Joaquin Valley. Travelers arriving at Sequoia National Park will use the Generals Highways to access historic landmarks, important wilderness areas, education centers, free parking lots, and more.

Sequoia National Park is near areas in California like Fresno and Bakersfield. What's more, the park sits near another popular park known as Death Valley National Park. The park's accessibility to these nearby places makes it an easy stop for one day or one week--whatever fits into the family's schedule.

Planning the Trip

Sequoia National Park is home to various historical landmarks that kids and adults should plan to see during their stay. Tourists exploring this park can take advantage of scenic areas like the Crystal Cave, the Giant Forest, and Moro Rock. The Giant Forest and Grant Grove sequoia forests are home to the largest sequoias on the planet, known as the General Sherman Tree and the General Grant Tree. Families often stop by the Ash Mountain Entrance Sign to get a photo of their traveling party. The sign was constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and features a Native American face carved out of sequoia wood.

Park-goers can learn about the sites they see in the Giant Forest Museum. What's more, the park often hosts free park ranger-led interpretive programs for those who'd like to receive some education during their trip. Kids usually love the junior ranger program, where they can earn a ranger badge after completion.

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Sequoia National Park is an easy choice for a day outdoors in a well-kept recreation area for visitors. There are many options to stay in a campsite or in the Wuksachi Lodge for those who'd like more than just day use of the park. The lodge and Lodgepole Village have options for dining, cocktails, and shopping at the gift shops.

Since the early 1900s, travelers have come to Sequoia National Park for a pet-friendly getaway with great accommodations. When it's time for family travel via plane or road trip, head to Sequoia National Park with kids. It's a fun time that outdoor lovers of any age will enjoy.

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