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Visiting Sequoia

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Visiting Sequoia

Hi we are visiting California in July from the UK. We are heading from San Francisco to Las Vegas and intend to travel around Sequoia then Death Valley to Las Vegas. Is it a good idea to event a hotel in Visalia for a few nights? We are a family of four but require two hotel rooms so are looking for a good deal in places which are not too far away from the attractions but are not too expensive. Any advice much appreciated.

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1. Re: Visiting Sequoia

The drive from Visalia to the Giant Forest area of Sequoia takes about 90 minutes and has many curves. I would not want to do that drive every day. I think you would do much better to stay those days up in the park. Choices are few, though: Wuksachi Lodge, Montecito Sequoia Lodge, John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove Cabins. Do not stay at Kings Canyon Lodge. And there are campgrounds, if you don't mind camping.

Highway 198 goes from Visalia to Sequoia National Park and is the one with all the curves. Highway 180 goes from Fresno to Kings Canyon National Park. It also has curves, but it's a gentler, easier drive than Highway 198. There is a wild cat sanctuary along 180 near Dunlap. Also, the city of Visalia operates a shuttle bus service in the summer months,between Visalia and Sequoia: …visalia.ca.us/depts/…default.asp

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2. Re: Visiting Sequoia

Many thanks for your thoughts - will look again!

Visalia, CA
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3. Re: Visiting Sequoia

As the previous poster mentioned the road into the south entrance of Sequoia Park is very windy. The entrance is about 35 minutes from Visalia. If you wanted to be closer you could stay in Three rivers which is near the park entrance. The Hwy 180 entrance is a much less windy.

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4. Re: Visiting Sequoia

It's windy, but it's a good road, with walls between you and the drop-offs. THe 198 offers spectacular scenery and views of Moro Rock from below (as well as great views of the Kaweah River). It's still 45 minutes from Three Rivers into the Park, but obviously much better than the 90-100 minutes from Visalia. You'd be spending more than 3 hours commuting each day - and you don't want to go down the 198 late at night when you're tired.

THe reasons for staying in the park (at any of its accommodations, check out other recent threads on the Sequoia National Park forum for suggestions) is to be there at night. The stars...the owls...the deer...the bears...the bats...the extreme quiet...it's amazing. Stargazing (for example) from the Wolverton parking lot is something to remember.

So do consider staying at Wuksachi or Grant Grove Cabins (rustic) or the John Muir. Even the Montecito would be better than staying clear down at the bottom of the mountain.

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5. Re: Visiting Sequoia

If Your In The area Contact Visalia Taxi (559)682-7796. Or Visit Them At www.visaliataxi.com They Can Take You From Visalia To The Sequoias.

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