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Van Life: King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park

July 7, 2017

When you imagine a forest full of huge, beautiful trees, your imagination probably still cannot comprehend the greatness that is King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park. If you have ever wanted to feel really small among giants, head over to these beautiful parks and immediately get captivated by it all. Of all the parks we have visited so far, this may be my favorite.  King’s Canyon Sequoia National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days and year.  You pay one price ($30 per vehicle) to enter both national parks.

About King’s Canyon

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King’s Canyon National Park is made up of two distinct areas, the General Grant Grove and the Canyon. General Grant Grove contains the second largest tree in the world among other giant sequoias. The Canyon is formed by the south and middle fork of the King’s River. It’s one of the deepest in canyons in the United States.

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About Sequoia

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Sequoia National Park is just south of King’s Canyon National Park. This park, known for it’s giant sequoias, contains the world’s largest tree- the General Sherman. It’s a breathtaking forest guaranteed to make you feel tiny.

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Where to stay

Sequoia RV Ranch is just 8 miles from the south entrance of Sequoia National Park. Not only is it conveniently located, but it is right on the river. Many of the sites back up to the river and provide ambient background noise to your camping adventure. The large trees provide shade throughout the park. Unlike many sites, Sequoia RV Ranch has free wifi throughout the park.

What to do

You can spend days exploring and still not see everything in King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. It seems like something out of a fairy tale.

Sequoia Groves

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Hike through one of the many sequoia groves throughout the parks. If you are short on time, check out the two most popular groves.

The Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park contains more large sequoias than any other grove, including the largest living single stem tree, the General Sherman Tree. Enjoy beautiful views, short or long hikes, and more in this forest.

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General Sherman Tree

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Grant Grove is in King’s Canyon National Park and just a short detour off Highway 180. You will find many giant sequoias, including the second largest tree, the General Grant tree. Enjoy a variety of trails at this grove too.

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General Grant Tree

Climb

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Although there are many places to climb in King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, Moro Rock is a popular hiking climb. Take the 350 concrete and stone steps to the top and revel in breathtaking views of Sequoia’s peaks, forests’ canopy and valleys. The hike is steep, but there are handrails along the way to help you along. Although you will have great views from various points on the hike, the view from the top is spectacular and well worth the climb.

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Explore

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Drive the General’s Highway from the King’s Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove Village all the way through Sequoia to the south entrance. The highway is narrow and not recommended for vehicles longer than 22 feet. From the highway, stop at various scenic detours and pullouts for gorgeous views. Here you will find the tunnel log that you can drive your car through.

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Take photos

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King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park provide an endless amount of beauty for photos. Whether you hike to the top of Moro Rock, get out at viewpoints, or just walk around aimlessly, you will have plenty of great shots.

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Check out our other stops on our Van Life road trip, Big Bend National ParkMarfa, TexasJoshua Tree National ParkLos Angeles, and Yosemite National Park

Also, read more about Maeve, our 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia

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Have you been to King’s Canyon or Sequoia National Park? Will you visit? Leave me a comment below!

  • Marette Flora July 7, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I’ve always wanted to go there! These photos are breathtaking! I especially love the tunnel logs!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      It’s such a magical place. The tunnel logs are so neat.

  • Beth Kondrick July 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

    More amazingly beautiful pictures! I love the giant sequoia trees, they are so pretty!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you, Beth. This spot was so beautiful.

  • Charlotte July 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

    So many beautiful trees <3 Love how small a giant sequoia can make you feel, eh? Glad you were able to experience travel here in your cute little van!!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you! It was such a great experience. So many beautiful places in the world.

  • Roxy July 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Ahh those concrete stairs look so scary but I bet the view is gorgeous in person!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      It’s so beautiful. Worth the climb for sure.

  • San July 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Beautiful! I haven’t been to Sequoia, but now I want to go!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Everyone should visit. It’s beautiful.

  • Bri @ My Life As July 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I have always wanted to go there!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      It’s gorgeous!

  • ShootingStarsMag July 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Wow, beautiful photos. That’s awesome there is an actual way to climb, with handrails and all that. I think I’d be freaked by the heights though.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Thanks so much. It really was a fun experience.

  • shan July 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Top of the bucket list! Thanks for all the details!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Of course! It’s gorgeous!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries July 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Completely stunning. There’s nothing like majestic trees and mountains to inspire us with awe and wonder. Your photographs are incredible!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      You are so right. Thank you!

  • Jessica@HappilyHughes July 7, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    These two parks are definitely on my must-see list. I can’t begin to imagine the scope of these beautiful trees and I so want to experience it in person. Your trip looks like it was amazing and your photos are gorgeous!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      It’s so magical. It should be on everyone’s list for sure.

  • Lisa Marie Heath July 7, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I haven’t been there in awhile, but it looks just as beautiful and scenic as I remember! We need to go back there again soon!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      It’s so pretty! I wish we lived closer and could go more often.

  • Kuleigh July 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I would love to see those trees in person! How cute is your van?! Hope you enjoyed your trip.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks so much. It was so fun. We are pretty crazy about the van.

  • Deanna July 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    These photos are amazing! those trees are simply breathtaking! Nature is amazing 🙂

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      It really is!

  • Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious July 7, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Talk about amazing views! One picture is more breathtaking than the next!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you! It really was breathtaking.

  • Alaina Bullock July 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    What an amazingly beautiful place! I love your pictures! When I was little, my mom left and moved to San Francisco. We’d go visit her and she took us to Sequoia Nat’l Park one weekend, but I really don’t remember much about it. I’d love to go back one day!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      You should! It’s even better as an adult. Thank you so much for your sweet words.

  • Rebecca July 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Your photos are stunning! I went to Sequoia National Park a long time ago when I was little but I remember how amazingly large the trees were.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      It’s gorgeous. I would love to wake up to that every day.

  • Adriana Lopez Martn July 8, 2017 at 1:29 am

    wow amazing photography and what a great experience. Traveling no doubt is the best activity to enjoy but also to learn about other places. I will put this destination on my list of must visit soon.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you. It really is such a great way to see the world.

  • David Elliott July 8, 2017 at 2:27 am

    I have been out there a few times. The last time I went out there was backpacking. it was such an amazing trip for sure. I would love going back again soon.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      I bet backpacking around is so incredible!

  • Candy Rachelle July 8, 2017 at 4:19 am

    It’s so sad that I’ve never been to any of our national parks. We said next year we will plan a trip with the kids to the Sequoia park. I’m now really excited about that!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      I hadn’t been to any of them until this trip. Not sad at all. It’s a gorgeous park. Your kids will love it!

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate July 8, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Loving your photos! My husband and I have been talking about a road trip lately 🙂 How amazing to see such beauty!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      It’s gorgeous. Maybe you can make a road trip here.

  • Melissa July 8, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I love the huge trees. It seems so serene and peaceful. What a great road trip stop!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Great words. That is exactly how it is.

  • Meghna Malhotra July 8, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Gorgeous photos!! The log tunnel looks so stunning and is shot so beautifully!! =)

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Awh. Thank you girl. It’s really a fun place.

  • Laura July 9, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    These photos are breathtaking! I live in PA but my husband and I would love to travel out west to see some of these sights! Gorgeous!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      You should! It’s gorgeous. Thank you so much.

  • Katie July 9, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    This national park looks simply amazing!!! love your pics!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you! It’s really incredible.

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses July 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Your photos are so gorgeous! Looks like you had a great time!!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Awh. Thank you! It was so fun.

  • hal July 10, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I’ve actually been there & looooved it! It’s hard to envision if you’ve never been there but I love how you photographed yourself with the trees to show just how huge & majestic they are!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      You are so right. It’s such a magical place. 🙂

  • stacy July 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Such beautiful pictures! All of your trips look amazing!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much! We had so much fun.

  • Katie July 10, 2017 at 9:25 am

    This place is on my bucket list! It truly looks magical.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      It really is. I could have stayed here forever. haha.

  • Laurie Mecham July 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Perfect timing! I am planning on taking my kids here either this year or next. Now that I’m looking at your pictures I want to go as soon as I can. I’m putting the stone steps at Moro Rock on our itinerary!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      They will love it! It’s so fun and a great place for families!

  • Belle July 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

    So pretty! I’ve always wanted to visit this place! I hope we can do so in the future!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Yes! You will love it. It’s gorgeous.

  • Kate July 10, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Amazing! I really need to visit more national parks. We usually go to Glacier National Park each year-which I love! But I do want to start seeing different parks, too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Yes! I hope we see them all in the next few years. I can’t wait to see Glacier National Park.

  • Karen L July 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

    These photos are amazing! Adding these places to my bucket list!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Awh. Thank you! You will LOVE it.

  • Jerica July 10, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Stunning Photos Jessica! I love reading about your adventures in the van.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks, pretty girl. It was so much fun!

  • Elise Cohen Ho July 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    My 20 year old son lived there last summer and is there now until the Fall. He is a lIfeguard and Adventure Staff.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      How fun! I am sure he is having a blast.

  • Shannon Morscheck July 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    What an incredible experience! And BEAUTIFUL, too!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Awh. Thank you. It really is gorgeous.

  • Carmen // itsCarmen.com July 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Sequoia national Park is absolutely amazing. I love exploring nature & these photos are glorious. Makes you feel so small in comparison. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Awh. That you. It really is glorious.

  • Chelsea July 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Sooo cool! My boyfriend and I explored an old growth redwood forest when we were in California last and we loved it!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      They are incredible. So much history in these trees.

  • Lindsay July 10, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking photos. I’d love to go there someday. There are SO many beautiful places all over North America, many that are hidden gems none of know of or have the pleasure of seeing.

    Thanks for sharing Jessica. 🙂

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Yes! We are slowly discovering many of them.

  • Nicole @ Work|Wear|Wander July 10, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    So beautiful! I’d love to do a trip like this!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      It is gorgeous. We had such an incredible time.

  • Jessica Sheppard July 10, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Wow! Your pics are gorgeous…breathtaking! Those trees are ginormous and the beauty of the area is impossible to capture in s snap. I’m taking a trip! Incredible!!!

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks so much, girl. We had such an incredible time.

  • Ant July 11, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Beautiful pictures of your trip! We got to do a portion of this many years ago and look forward to returning in the next 5 years.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks so much. It’s incredible. Glad you get to go back.

  • Mai Lyn Ngo July 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    What an amazing trip. I’m totally adding this to my list of places to visit. I want to do your trip. SO JEALOUS. The pics are amazing.

    • Jessica July 11, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      You are too sweet. We had such a great time. 🙂

  • Debbie Savage July 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    We have been here a couple of times but you have shown me placed that I am dying to discover!
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  • Stephanie Suire July 12, 2017 at 2:38 am

    I love all your photos! It looks like all of your stops on your road trip were amazing, but I have always been interested in seeing the Sequoia in person.

  • Jenna Urben July 12, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I grew up in California and seeing these photos make me want to pack my bags and head back into the Redwoods! Your adventures look so amazing and fun.

  • Sandy July 14, 2017 at 4:17 am

    So beautiful! I love your photography <3