Sequoia National Park
Tulare County, CA
Reciprocal: America the Beautiful Pass
Full Price Admission Cost: $35 per vehicle, covers up to 7 consecutive days WWWW Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Easily our favorite national park so far, our family visited Sequoia National Park over a year ago. Despite the amount of time since, this park was so awesome I simply had to backtrack a bit to write about it.
The trickling creeks, gorgeous wooded areas, and winding drive up into the mountains were all breathtakingly beautiful and made for some seriously amazing photo opportunities. We loved the Junior Ranger book at this particular park, and when we used this in combination with the visitors center displays, we learned quite a lot about the park, sequoia trees, and the history of the area.
We highly recommend checking out General Sherman Tree. We also recommend visiting during the early spring if possible. There was still a bit of snow on the ground when we visited in late March, and playing in this fluffy white stuff was the highlight of our day.
- Call before visiting if you’ll be going in late fall, winter, or early spring. Snow on the roads will require visitors to have tire chains, and too much snow can render some features of the park unavailable.
- You’ll be doing a lot of walking. Wear decent shoes.
- Wear layers. The weather will cool down as you drive up the mountain and you’ll want a jacket and long pants.
- Bring water. We didn’t see many places to purchase drinks (if any at all). There are place to refill bottles though.
- Bathrooms are available, but may not be close and are not easy to find. Use one when you see one.
- Parking is free!
Books to Read
- Secrets of the Sequoias: Adventures with the Parkers by Mike Graf
- The Tree of Time: A Story of a Special Sequoia by Kathy Baron
- Sequoia by Tony Johnston
- Little Miss History Travels to Sequoia National Park by Barbara Ann Mojica
Videos to Watch
Activities to Do
- Using a photo, do a still-life painting of a sequoia tree.
- The biggest sequoia trees are some of the oldest trees in the world. Scientists determine this using several different methods. Attempt to find the age of a tree using these tricks.
Things to Discuss
- If you were a sequoia tree, what would your favorite time of year be and why?
- What can you do to help protect the sequoia trees?
Other Area Attractions
Below are some of the other great attractions in this area. We try to keep things affordable, sticking to free and cheap attractions and/or museums and zoos on reciprocal lists. If an attraction is affiliated with a reciprocal program or offers free admission, I have noted that beside the attraction listing. To learn more about saving money using reciprocal programs, see this post.
- Tulare Historical Museum
- Tulare County Farm Labor and Agricultural Museum — Free
- Mooney Grove Park — Free
- Kaweah Oaks Preserve — Free
- McDermont Field House
- Bravo Lake Botanical Garden — Free
- Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
- Pixley National Wildlife Refuge — Free
- Kings Canyon National Park — America the Beautiful Pass
Closest Places to Stay on a Budget
- Free Boondocking Sites: There are numerous free camping areas managed by the US Forest Service just outside the park. Check here for details.
- Passport America: Sun & Fun RV Park (55 mi)
- Passport America: Viking RV Park (58 mi)
- Coast to Coast GNP: Lemon Cove Village RV Park (19 mi)
- State Park: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park (83 mi)
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