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 this giant, which measures more than 100ft around at it base, via a paved, wheelchair-accessible, 0.5-mile descent from the upper parking lot off Wolverton Rd. Then join the Congress Trail, a 2-mile paved loop that takes in General Sherman and other notable named trees, including the see-through Telescope Tree.

Hint: if the steep walk back up from the grove doesn't thrill you, catch the shuttle from the lower parking lot (disabled-placard parking only) near the General Sherman Tree and ride it back to the main parking area, about 1.5 miles north of Lodgepole Village.