I recommend spending several days to fully explore these parks, but you can definitely do most of the iconic spots over 2 days. Sequoia and Kings Canyon together cover over 1,353 square miles with many mountains and valleys in the mix.
How long does it take to drive through Kings Canyon?
It can take 2-3 hours to drive the route but plan on a full day to allow for hiking, picnicking and of course lots of photo taking. The best time to drive the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is in spring, summer and fall. The road into the canyon is closed in winter months.
How long does it take to drive through Sequoia and Kings Canyon?
It is possible to drive for more than four hours and still be within the parks. For example, the drive time between the southern Ash Mountain entrance and Cedar Grove is 3.5 hours. Many park roads are closed in winter. Our driving map and area maps can help you plan a driving route through these parks.
Is Kings Canyon worth seeing?
Is Kings Canyon really worth it? Yes, it is worthwhile and you have time for it. The plan you outline is workable. If you arrive at Kings Canyon early enough in the afternoon, you could visit Kathleen Springs.
Can you swim in Kings Canyon?
It is a place of serenity and contemplation and one of great significance to the original land owners – who ask that you do not swim in the waters. Other than this request – you are welcome to climb, touch and explore the canyon in a manner respectful to its history and natural environment.
Can you drive through Kings Canyon?
Visitors can drive through Sequoia into Kings Canyon National Parks along the Generals Highway during the spring into the fall. Winter snows may cause the road between the parks to be closed in winter. However, both parks are open year round. From Visalia take Highway 198 to the Ash Mountain park entrance.
What is the best time to go to Sequoia National Park?
The best time to visit Sequoia National Park is June through August when the weather is the most stable. The park is open 24/7, year-round, but there are certain challenges during select seasons, such as when it snows in December and snow chains or tires are required for safely navigating park roads.
Which park is better Yosemite or Sequoia?
Sequoia is a more mellow place than Yosemite with fewer visitors. Yosemite seems to have more access to more varied terrain via the car. We once did both parks, with children, in the same trip. Sequoia was nice since we got to see the big trees with no one else around.
Is it worth going to Sequoia National Park?
The sequoia trees are amazing and the park is beautiful and definitely WORTH seeing, when you have time to appreciate it. But compared to what you are going to see (Death Valley, Grand Canyon etc.), IMHO, Sequoia can wait for another time.