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Recent Sequoia, Kings Canyon reviews
"We drove up from LA (less than four hours) for a week long getaway with our 6 month old son. The house was big, comfortable, clean, stocked with everything we needed. We were isolated enough that it was amazingly quiet, and we could go days without hearing a car or seeing people, but close enough to amenities in Three Rivers, we could pop out for a great burger, or sandwich anytime. There were hawks and woodpeckers to watch during the day, bats at dusk, and sky full of beautifully bright stars at night. The river was clear and cool, deep enough for taking dips, full of places to lounge around and read etc, and great for rock hopping walks. We spent most of our time right there and could've happily stayed so much longer. And this is all before we even mention the proximity to Sequoia park -- which with the giant forest, crystal cave, moro rock is one of the absolute wonders of California. A great place and ever so glad we went."Guest: James Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 25, 2014View listing
"We had a great time at this cabin with our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 toddlers!) Our kids loved all the toys, books, and games provided at the house. Everything you need to feel right as home is waiting for you. The beds are super comfy, towels are soft and cozy, and everything is well kept. We enjoyed our first day hiking at Balch Park (a twisty trip up the mountain but worth the drive to see the huge sequoia trees and hidden falls!). Our second day was spent hiking Lower Coffee Camp, a lunch at The Hamburger Stand in Springville, followed by a hike of the wildflowers. If you have small children (like we do!), be sure to bring a backpack carrier as the hikes involve a lot of boulders and require balance (not something toddler are very good at!). We hope to return to the cabin later this summer so we can enjoy the pool (it never got warm enough this trip) and to hopefully jump in the waters at the Hidden Falls and Lower Coffee Camp!"Guest: Munoz Family Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 11, 2014View listing
"Beautiful home in the mountains, as exactly as described. Make sure you take the time to watch out the window of the blue bedroom. There is a bird bath that the rabbits will come down to visit. We enjoyed watching the larger rabbit with the spot out of his left ear. Lots of birds to watch. Stars are amazing if you enjoy the night star! We saw a few falling stars. Easy access to both parks. Make sure you stop for groceries before arriving at the property."Guest: Angie K. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 14, 2014View listing
"Great fit for a large group... everyone had plenty of room! Kings Canyon was about 30/45 min drive up the windy road. .. but we all had a great time! We think the grills on the big bbq need a lil upgrade... old with a few holes on the grills and a few rooms need new mattress but the lil things did not stop us from having a great time! Far Away from the grocery so make sure you bring plenty of food! Everything was clean and in good condition! Thank you for having us! And thank you Melinda for all your help!"Guest: Lydia Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 17, 2014View listing
Sequoia, Kings Canyon Travel Tips
Year-Round Explorations at Sequoia and Kings Canyon Vacation Rentals
The parks are open all year long to visitors and each season brings its own range of attractions. The vast majority of visitors travel during the summer months of July and August. Be aware if you are planning traveling during peak season that the access roads can sometimes get congested, and the campsites and picnic sites can get very full. This is one of the reasons why staying in a vacation home is a great idea. You can still go exploring and sightseeing by day and in the evening, you can return to your own private cabin. In the spring, the valleys are covered with a mass of colorful wild flowers. The Sequoia trees are sometimes still covered with snow and the rivers are generally swift. Be cautious if going fishing as the currents in the rivers can be very strong.
By June, summer has generally set in with warm sunny days inviting exploration. Enjoy nature trails and guided walks where you can spot birds and other wildlife. Autumn is a great time to visit the parks. Not only are the fall colors magnificent but the park is also generally less crowded. Some of the sites such as the Crystal Cave close in late October so make sure that you travel before then. In the winter months, the region generally receives heavy snowfalls. Some of the campsites remain open and rangers offer guided snowshoe walks through the park. If you enjoy the tranquility of wintertime, this is the season for you to visit.
Visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon Cabins
Sequoia and Kings Canyon are two parks that are great to explore with the family. At both parks, you will find information centers where you can arrange guided ranger hikes and attend informative talks and film presentations. There are extensive wildlife viewing opportunities and visitors must be aware of the dangers that larger animals, such as bear, pose. If you are at a picnic site, do not lay the food out in the open as it could attract wild animals. One of the greatest attractions is the General Sherman Tree reported to be the largest single-trunk tree in the world. Nearby is the Giant Forest Museum where you can learn more about the natural habitat of the area. There are also the Crystal Caves which are generally only open during the summer months.
Finding Your Way to Sequoia and Kings Canyon Lodging
Sequoia and Kings Canyon are two adjacent State Parks located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. The parks are within an easy day's drive from Los Angeles, Sacramento, Oakland or San Francisco. Allow for between three to five hours for the drive. There are no buses or train routes to the parks. If traveling from further afield, the nearest airport is the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. From there, you can rent a car and drive the remaining 60 or so miles to the park entrance.
Sierra Nevada Vacation Rentals near Sequoia and Kings Canyon
The vacation homes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains are an ideal choice for a family vacation. Spacious homes set in beautiful natural surroundings provide the ideal base for exploring the region. Comfortable and spacious living areas often have fireplaces. These are ideal for crowding around in the evenings and catching up on the day's explorations and activities. Kitchens that are equipped with a host of modern appliances make holiday catering convenient. Most homes have large refrigerators so you can stock up for the duration of your stay.