California: Spend A Day With Giants

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Summer of 2013 is shaping up to be an unforgettable one and Visalia, California has it all, a vibrant downtown, amazing restaurants, a diverse art and cultural scene - and a national park in its backyard. So, as you are planning your California dream vacation, Sequoia National Park is definitely a place you do not want to miss and Sequoia Shuttle will get you there!

If standing amongst the largest living thing on the planet is not on your bucket list, it unquestionably should be.

Welcome To The Land Of Giants
If standing amongst the largest living thing on the planet is not on your bucket list, it unquestionably should be. These towering Giants, which have witnessed civilizations rise and fall, have stood strong for over 3,000 years. They have survived fires and droughts, yet continue to thrive – inspiring generations.

Sequoia National Park is the 2nd oldest national park in the United States. Spanning over 400,000 acres, the Park was established, in 1890, to protect the “Big Trees” in the Giant Forest, including the famous General Sherman Tree. The Park also features the Mineral King Valley and Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states, peaking at over 14,490 feet.

Sequoia National Park - Getting There
Admiring the wonders of Mother Nature has never been easier, especially in Sequoia National Park, home of the largest living thing on the planet – the General Sherman Tree. How easy you ask? What if you could go to and from the National Park and see all of the world-renowned wonders with one easy step? Ride the Sequoia Shuttle. It is that easy. Within a short drive from Visalia, you can shout from the top of Moro Rock or meditate in one of nature’s finest sanctuaries – Crescent Meadow. What makes this discovery even better? It only costs $15 round-trip.

As the City of Visalia fades into the distance behind you while you make your trek to Sequoia National Park, you will be pleasantly surprised by the stunning views that reveal themselves behind every turn. This is just the beginning. When you approach the entrance of the National Park, you will begin to feel an adrenaline rush as you anticipate your adventure quickly approaching. Once inside the Park, the Sequoia Shuttle will take you to the Giant Forest Museum, where your experience will begin. From the Museum, you will have access to the in-park transit system, with four routes to take you anywhere within the park.

Route 1 (Green Route): This is probably the most popular route in the park. Starting from the Giant Forest Museum, this route takes you to the General Sherman Tree, the largest living thing on the planet.

Route 2 (Gray Route): This route will give you access to Moro Rock, which is located between the Giant Forest and Crescent Meadow. The view from the rock encompasses much of the Park, including the Great Western Divide. This route also stops at Crescent Meadow, acclaimed by many to be the gem of the Sierras.

Route 3 (Purple Route): This route goes from Lodgepole to Wuksachi Lodge. Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park, the Wuksachi Village and Lodge is the newest hotel development in California’s oldest National Park. Wuksachi Lodge is the perfect place to stay if you are planning a multi-day trip to Sequoia National Park.

Route 4 (Orange Route): This route is in operation during peak season (July to September) and provides access from the General Sherman Tree to many of the backcountry trailheads located at the Wolverton area.

Five Things In Five Hours: Tranquility Or Adventure, The Choice Is Yours
Trails, waterfalls, trees, and a rich history, all within one location, provide a playground for everyone. Here is a one-day snapshot of activities to do once inside Sequoia National Park.

Moro Rock: Take a breathtaking journey as you make your way up 400 granite steps to the top of Moro Rock. From there, you will see expansive views of the Sierra Nevada’s rugged mountain range on one side and the San Joaquin Valley some 6,500 feet below on the other.

Giant Forest Museum: Make sure you visit the Giant Forest Museum when you exit the Sequoia Shuttle. This museum is amongst a Giant Sequoia grove. Inside the museum, you will discover interactive exhibits and a bookstore.

Crescent Meadow: On your way, you will pass by the renowned Tunnel Log. In 1937, a Giant Sequoia fell across the road and a tunnel was cut out of the tree, making the road passable again. As John Muir once said, Crescent Meadow, which is tucked back in a grove of Sequoias, is a prized gem of the Sierras. You don’t want to miss it!

General Sherman Tree: The General Sherman Tree, which is the largest tree on earth (by volume), is approximately 2,200 years old. The tree stands together with several other Giant Sequoias, which are roughly 300 feet tall. Feel free to meander along the General Sherman trail and be sure to take pictures along the way!

Wuksachi Lodge: The Wuksachi Lodge, located in the heart of the Park, is a stunning stone-and-cedar mountain lodge. As a signature hotel in the Park, the Wuksachi features sprawling views of sequoia trees and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

For more information about the Sequoia Shuttle, find the Sequoia Shuttle on Facebook or visit our website: http://www.facebook.com/sequoiashuttle or http://www.sequoiashuttle.com.

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