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The Explorers Essential Guide to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

There is no shortage of sites to explore in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks located near the center of California. Towering red sequoia trees. Infinite mountain ranges. Lush green forests. And of course, the mighty waterfalls.

These two parks are often overshadowed by 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, the underground 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.

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So book a 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 US. It 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 they are known for 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 important to stay on the trail to avoid any damage to the fragile sequoia root systems, which make these trees so rare.