Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park by Benny Marty via Shutterstock.

Sequoia National Park, in California, is home to giant sequoia trees, including the famed General Sherman Tree. The park’s colossal trees and high mountain peaks make it a destination of wonder.

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Fast Facts

State(s): California
Area: 404,064 acres (1,635.19 sq km) – 22nd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount Whitney – 14,494 ft (4,417.77 m)
Lowest Elevation: Kaweah River – 1,360 ft (414.53 m)
Date Established: September 25, 1890
Annual Visitors: 1,153,198 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Visalia, California

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Sequoia National Park

Sequoia is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Sequoia National Park.

  1. Exploring the Giant Forest and marveling at General Sherman Tree
  2. Driving through the Tunnel Log, a fallen giant sequoia
  3. Visiting the Giant Forest Museum for park history
  4. Horseback riding on designated trails
  5. Caving in Crystal Cave (seasonal)

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Sequoia National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Sequoia National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Sequoia National Park

After hiking and exploring Sequoia National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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