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  • California
  • Sequoia established September 25, 1890
  • Kings Canyon on March 4, 1940
  • 1,350 square miles (combined)

To describe Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks is to enter the land of superlatives. Kings Canyon is the deepest canyon in North America: 8,000 feet from rim to bottom. Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States, at 14,505 feet, resides inside Sequoia. And then, the most obvious superlative: the world’s largest trees (in terms of weight and volume) are to be found here. The giant sequoias can grow to over 300 feet high and 50 feet in diameter, with three-foot thick bark. That’s a lot of superlatives, and frankly, even when you see the trees they’re hard to believe. Before the sequoias were protected within the national parks, many of them were cut down. One of the largest was discovered to be more than 3,000 years old. John Muir had this to say about the situation: “Through all the eventful centuries since Christ’s time—and long before that—God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand storms; but he cannot save them from sawmills and fools; this is left to the American people!”

Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Park have hundreds of miles of hiking trails, including the John Muir Trail that stretches for 212 miles and extends all the way up to the summit of Mt. Whitney. The parks are full of other picturesque canyons besides King’s, alpine meadows, and about 200 caves. Liburn Cave is California’s largest cave, and tunnels through 17 miles of blue and white marble. Just to pass through Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks is to brush up against mystery. To stay a while is to let the mystery in.

National Parks Revealed will help you really make the most of your trip. We will put together a custom itinerary just for you that will give you as much time as you want, with whatever activities best suit your needs and desires. We recommend combining a trip to these parks with visits to other California national parks, such as Yosemite, and possibly even the Channel Islands. As always, we will arrange for you to stay at the best