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Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks
Story & Photos by JoAnne Green
Published November 19, 2009

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you... while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
~ John Muir (1838-1914), American naturalist

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Sequoia National Park and the 75th Anniversary of Kings Canyon National Park

Visit Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Celebrating Yosemite's 125th Anniversary

A humongous forest, the world's largest trees, majestic peaks, scenic rivers, wildlife, miles of hiking trails and the magnificent Crystal Cave are among the many attractions that bring people to this area in the Sierra Nevada mountains. For those who enjoy being close to Mother Nature, an all-day car trip to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks is highly recommended.

Before taking your trip, you may wish to visit the official website of the National Park Service to learn about road conditions, operating hours, fees, seasons, do's and don'ts, and your responsibility and safety while in these parks so that you and your loved ones can have an enjoyable and memorable trip.

It is always good to start your trip with a good breakfast at either a local favorite independent restaurant in Old Town Clovis or one of the national chain restaurants on Shaw Avenue.

Be sure to fill up your gas tank before driving to the parks. It is hard to find a gas station and a car service garage within the boundaries of the parks.

Clovis is known as the Gateway to the Sierras. Driving southeast from Clovis toward Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, you will see thousand and thousand of acres of fruit tree orchards, orange and lemon groves, and grape vineyards along the edges of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The scenery, colors and beauty of the vast vibrant agricultural land change greatly according to the season of the year. This is one of the most scenic routes to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

These two famous national parks are adjoining each other in the southern Sierra Nevada so you can drive from one right into another. Just look for the National Park Service signs that will tell you when you're leaving one park and entering the other.

There are a lot of things to do and see in these two parks such as free ranger-led walk and talk program, hiking, walking under the Giant Sequoias, touring the Crystal Cave, visiting Beetle Rock Nature Center in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, viewing and taking pictures of the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, and much more.

It is very easy to lose track of time while enjoying yourself and admiring the wondrous beauty of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. So remember to allow ample time for your driving trip. Please remember to check the website of National Park Service for information on the various scenic drives in both parks.

Enjoy Mother Nature and take home many good memories.

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