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The Explorers Essential Guide to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, located near the center of California, is well-known for towering red goliaths, infinite mountain ranges, lush green forests, and of course, the mighty waterfalls. There is no shortage of sites to explore in these two national parks.

These two parks are often in the shadow of their big sister to the North, Yosemite National Park, but counting them out would be a mistake. They are just as wondrous and typically far less crowded. Plus you’ll find all the makings of a super park here. Covering over 1,300 square miles, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks feature the Giant Forest, Crystal Cave, Moro Rock, King’s Canyon, and Tokopah Falls. 

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. This guide will highlight the best stops within Sequoia and Kings Canyon so you can plan an epic road trip that has no shortage of bucket-list sites.  

The best way to explore these phenomenal parks is to stay within either park, specifically in a converted campervan from Travellers-Autobarn. With a ton of awesome benefits like unlimited miles, solar panels, and room to stand and move around inside- these vans are the absolute best way to save money and experience mother nature first-hand!

So book your fully-loaded campervan, pack up your gear, and get ready to hit the road with this essential guide to exploring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Sequoia National Park

Established in 1890, Sequoia National Park is the second-oldest national park in the U.S. and is adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park in California’s southern Sierra Nevada mountains. The only place in the world where the giant sequoia trees naturally grow. It is also known for the underground Crystal Cave which features streams and striking rock formations; Moro Rock- a granite dome offering sweeping park views; and the Tunnel Tree, a toppled tree cut to accommodate the road.

General Sherman Tree

General Sherman Tree

The General Sherman Tree is the largest tree in the world and is, therefore, a must-see during your visit to the park. It is over 2,000 years old, weighs over 2 million pounds, and is 275 feet high and 102 feet wide. After parking, there is a short 0.5-mile paved trail to the giant tree with just a few stairs. It is essential to stay on the path to avoid any damage to the fragile sequoia root systems, which make these trees so rare.