Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Top choice in Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada

Joined by a high-altitude roadway bisecting a national forest and contiguous with a number of wilderness areas, these two parks combined offer vast stretches of alpine bliss. Groves of giant sequoias, wildflower-strewn meadows, gushing waterfalls, dramatic gorges and spectacular vistas reveal themselves at nearly every turn. General Grant Grove and the Giant Forest, in Kings Canyon and Sequoia respectively, are obvious highlights, but it's the backcountry where you can fully disconnect and listen for the sounds of life.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Yosemite & the Sierra Nevada attractions

1. Wolverton Meadow

0.61 MILES

On the northern side of the Giant Forest, Wolverton Meadow is at an elevation of 7250ft. It has picnic tables, hiking trailheads and a winter snow-play…

2. Giant Forest

1.52 MILES

This 3-sq-mile grove protects the park’s most gargantuan tree specimens. Among them is the world’s biggest, the General Sherman tree, rocketing 275ft into…

3. Sequoia National Forest

1.52 MILES

Bordering long stretches of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, this national forest area, named after the enormous Sequoia trees it contains, was…

4. General Sherman Tree

1.68 MILES

By volume the largest living tree on earth, the massive General Sherman Tree rockets into the sky and waaay out of the camera frame. Pay your respects to…

5. Eagle View

3.55 MILES

Jaw-dropping spectacular view of the Sierra Mountains. It's reasonably easily accessible via a 1-mile walk along the High Sierra Trail from Crescent…

6. Giant Forest Museum

3.56 MILES

For a primer on the intriguing ecology and history of giant sequoias, this pint-sized modern museum will entertain both kids and adults. Hands-on exhibits…

7. Crescent Meadow

3.57 MILES

Said to have been described by John Muir as the ‘gem of the Sierra,’ this lush meadow is buffered by a forest of firs and giant sequoias. High grass and…

8. Tunnel Log

3.93 MILES

Visitors can drive through a 2000-year-old tree, which fell naturally in 1937. It once stood 275ft high with a base measuring 21ft in diameter. Regular…