What to see in Sequoia National Park is easy for us to answer since we just went on a road trip and stayed there this summer! Such a beautiful location.
We take a lot of road trips! Each summer we pack all 5 of us in our car and head off to somewhere new. We typically head to somewhere beautiful with things to do outdoors since we live in the city and it’s nice to get away. Last year we head to Zion National Park and stayed at Zion Ponderosa which was fantastic (our 2nd stay there since it was so much fun). We’ve visited Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and this year we chose Sequoia! It was incredible! We didn’t have an itinerary which was nice but I do like to have a focus when we have a short stay so we came up with a list of what to see in Sequoia National Park to help your family! Added to our road trip blog as one of our favorite trips!
When you arrive at Sequoia National Park you’ll need to pay to enter or if you plan it right or you have a student of a certain age you can get a free National Parks pass here. Unlike other parks we’ve visited, you are free to drive around yourself. When we visited Zion National Park last year we had to take a tram around the park which was nice but sometimes driving is preferred. There is a lot to see beyond the big tree you hear about, General Sherman…that is awesome too.
This photo is along the trail where The General Sherman Tree is located. That isn’t the only thing to see on this long trail that you’ll want to see. There are really cool other trees that are just massive in girth as well as height and small hiking trails as well. It’s a great photo opportunity and everyone is always willing to swap cameras or phones to take a picture of your whole family. It was kinda’ cold that day even though it was summertime so I would bring a light jacket with you as well as a few snacks and of course water for everyone. You can spend quite a bit of time there exploring. There is even a slice of a tree you can tough and get up close to that has hundreds of rings so the kids can see and read all about it.
I think this is the best part though…just exploring!! We found the best photo ops and most unusual things to stop and look at when we were just driving and looking for viewpoints around Sequoia, like this GIANT tree that had fallen over and you could climb right up into the roots!! How cool is that…something your kids definitely won’t forget. The top ended up being like a really long bridge and you could walk right across it and check out a huge tree up close, feeling the bark and getting a higher vantage point over the park too.
The next day we decided to do a bit of light hiking and headed toward the Moro Rock Trail. We thought it looked like a winner and something unusual…it certainly was! It is not for those who do not like stairs though, lol. I gave my youngest the task of counting how many there were and I think her count (one way) was 467. It is all made of rock and quite narrow going up, narrow at some points where only one person can pass at a time but once you reach the top you have an incredible view of Sequoia National Park and beyond. Probably on the top of our list of what to see in Sequoia National Park.
We really wanted to go into Crystal Cave but when we went to make reservations for the next day they were already booked, so I recommend you making plans and paying for your time slot before leaving to make sure you get to do this. It looks incredible! When I visited about oh…..30 years ago 😉 there was a huge tree you could drive your car through (the base of the tree), apparently that is not there any longer but they made a tree that has fallen down into one you can drive thru.
If you’re looking for more of what to see in Sequoia National Park there are tons of day hiking trails for those who are looking for something short and flat all the way to really intense trails too. What to see in Sequoia National Park is a long list but for families I would say short hikes, site seeing, and the caves would’ve been a great experience too. Here are a few other things we would like to do together the next time we visit. (affiliate link present)
- Horse back riding
- Stay inside the park itself (this time we found lodging near Sequoia National Park in Three Rivers)
- Snowplay if we come during the winter
If you’re looking to do a longer road trip you should visit Sequoia and then head over to Yosemite, it isn’t too far away. If you do, here is our list of things to do in Yosemite with kids! Enjoy my friends.
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