Welcome to the Land of Giants.
You expect giant trees and huge canyons—and you won't be disappointed. Within these parks, you can experience a spectacular range in elevation from warm foothills to cold alpine peaks. The largest and finest groves of giant sequoias grow at the sometimes snowy mid-elevations, along with extraordinarily diverse plants and animals living in extremely varied conditions.
When you arrive, you'll travel steep highways from the hot, sunny foothills up into cool forests and sequoia groves. If you head out on foot, you can go even higher into our wilderness. Wherever you decide to stay, you'll experience one of the finest and wildest areas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
If you're planning to visit during a holiday weekend, be aware that long lines at park entrance stations are a possibility, and campgrounds may already be full. On a few of the busiest days, cars have waited over an hour. Learn how to minimize your wait to enter these parks, and make camping reservations and lodging reservations before your trip.