Want to book a vacation to Kings Canyon? With Tourlane, you can customize every step of your trip in one place, from flights and transfers to accommodations and guides. Escape into the magnificent nature of Kings Canyon National Park with its huge glacier-carved canyons, stunning waterfalls, and mighty sequoias. Whether you’re there for the spectacular landscapes, the monster sequoia trees, the roaring waterfalls, or a glimpse of the incredible wildlife—you’re guaranteed an experience of a lifetime deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Start planning your tour of the Land of the Giants now!
Grove of giant sequoias
Peaceful meadow with wildflowers
Every Kings Canyon vacation includes a stop at the signature sequoia grove, the Grant Grove. The grove is one of the main attractions of the park, situated close to the limits of the neighboring Sequoia National Park, and features one of the world’s largest trees—the eponymous General Grant Tree. Also dubbed the “Nation’s Christmas Tree”, this giant sequoia towers 267 feet into the sky with a base diameter of 29 feet.
Nestled between two majestic granite walls, the Zumwalt Meadow is one of the most picturesque spots in the Sierra frontcountry. Wander along an easy walking trail right to the heart of the Kings Canyon valley floor with the Kings River flowing beside you, surrounded by the soft hum of birdsong and lush tall grasses full of wildflowers and berry bushes.
Step between the upturned roots of this ancient sequoia into a room with a fascinating past. The Monarch Tree, also called the Fallen Monarch, fell hundreds of years ago after being burned by wildfires and its remains still rest on the forest floor of the Grant Grove. Since then, its hollowed core has served as temporary shelter for Native Americans and early pioneers, a hotel and saloon, and even stables for 32 horses from the U.S. Cavalry.
As one of the best scenic drives in California, the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway takes you on a winding 50-mile journey along granite cliffs, past massive canyons and roaring waterfalls, with plenty of scenic overlooks to stop and take in the spectacular scenery. The byway begins in the western Sierra Nevada foothills climbing to the Grant Grove before descending through the National Sequoia Forest until it ends in the Cedar Grove of the Kings Canyon National Park.
If you’re looking to get off the grid and experience the alpine wilderness beyond the park’s most popular destinations, consider an extended pack and overnight camping trip. You’ll hit the backcountry trails to more rugged destinations like the Monarch Divide or the Raes Lake Loop with an experienced packer guide and horses or mules to carry your gear. Ask your Travel Expert for more information about booking this incredible experience!
Kings Canyon National Park is one of three magnificent sister parks featured on the 150-mile Majestic Mountain Loop, along with its next-door neighbor, Sequoia National Park, and the more famous Yosemite National Park. If you’re looking to visit all three parks, the Majestic Mountain Loop delivers a unique road trip where you can stop by all three during one memorable adventure. Less
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