Sequoia National Park
Land of the Giants
Sequoia National Park is jointly administered with Kings Canyon National Park, which lies to its immediate north. While enormous redwood trees can be enjoyed by visitors to several different state and national parks around California, Sequoia National Park is home to giants among giants. Five of the 10 largest trees in the world grow in the Giant Forest at Sequoia National Park. This includes the majestic General Sherman Tree, named for the American Civil War general. But there's more to do at the park than just visit the trees. With 90 percent of the parks' combined acreage designated as wilderness, the high Sierra backcountry of Sequoia and Kings Canyon are ripe for backpackers to explore. The massive exposed granite walls in Sequoia National Park's also make it a popular destination for rock climbers. Winter activities also abound. Cross-country skiers can experience high-altitude skiing at 9,200-foot-high Pear Lake, and families will enjoy sledding and snowplay in Wolverton. There are also a variety of ranger-led educational programs available in the park. Programming changes with the seasons, so be sure to check the park's website for updates.