Home to the USA's highest mountain, Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet above sea level, Sequoia National Park also boasts the extraordinary General Sherman, the world's tallest tree and the planet's biggest living organism. The area contains the biggest concentration of giant sequoia groves in the world too. Plus huge granite monoliths, massive glacier-carved canyons, vast limestone caves, dizzying waterfalls and fierce white-water rivers.
400 miles long & 50 wide, the Sierra batholith is one of the USA's biggest lumps of rock.
See the Tunnel Log, bored through a fallen sequoia. Then puff and blow your way up Moro Rock's steep 400 stone steps for the best views in California.
Explore the amazing Mineral King Valley, at 7500 feet above sea level
Walk the 22 mile round trip up Mount Whitney – you don't need climbing equipment in summer
Relax at the gloriously pretty Zumwalt Meadow, all warm and mellow and golden
Kings Canyon is your destination if you want to see a truly spectacular grove of giant sequoias including the General Grant Tree, 268 feet tall with a trunk 107 feet around.
Attractions of the West From £1359.00 (inc flights and hotels)
This is your chance to see the best of California in one trip. Enjoy the sun kissed beaches of the south, the rugged beauty of California’s National Parks and the iconic sights in three of the USA’s most loved cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Scenic lakes and stunning reservoirs, peaks as much as 12,000 feet above sea level, vivid yellow California poppies as far as the eye can see... this place more or less defines 'big country'. Foothills Visitor Center, Lodgepole Visitor Center, rock climbing, day hiking tours and fun on horseback, skiing and snow shoeing – all this and more awaits you in the breathtakingly lovely Sequoia National Park.
Take a fascinating tour of some of the region's massive limestone cave systems
Visit scenic Cedar Grove, Wuksachi and Lodgepole villages
Marvel at the Giant Forest Museum
Nature in all its raw splendour sits at the heart of every visit to this remarkable place. Experience all three attractions for a full-bodied flavour of the mountains, the forests and the wild, ancient vibe.
“The shadows in the densest growth of redwoods are made soft and semi-luminous by rays of sunlight piercing the feathery foliage, glistening through the pillared glades.” - F.H. Clark, 1891
Grizzly Falls might only be 75 feet high but in spring the sheer volume of water passing through the waterfalls makes the air thunder so powerfully you can feel it drumming in your chest. Spooky. The winding seven mile Crystal Cave Road includes more than 100 twists and turns, simply spectacular. And the Crystal Caves themselves are made of marble, a geological marvel. This is nature at its most dramatic. Deep inside this enormous national park you'll find the lovely Tokopah Falls, the trail to which delivers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the region. And the Tokopah Valley Trail, at just 3.5 miles, it's short but very sweet indeed. Oh, those views!
All that fabulously fresh air makes you darned hungry. Try the excellent Watchtower Deli in the Lodgepole Area, tesat-drive the Wolverton BBQ or enjoy fab Crab Cakes in Oakhurst. For DIY alfresco eating, visit the splendid Crescent Meadow Picnic Area. Nightlife? Forget it. This is the wilderness and holidays to this area are all about the natural wonders, the peace and quiet, the vistas, the wildlife. So spark up a roaring camp fire, grab a beer and immerse yourself in the joys of the great outdoors. It doesn't get much greater than this.
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