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Giant trees and deep canyons make up Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Did you know that the Fresno/Clovis area has four full-fledged national parks each within a day trip of Fresno!

Looking up at giants.
National Park Service
Looking up at giants
National Park Service

Four National Parks
These parks are Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon and the new Pinnacles National Parks. Of these four parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon are the closest to Fresno and Clovis at about 60 miles and are within about a 1.5 hour drive from the heart of either city.

Although Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks are two parks, they are side-by-side and collectively managed by the National Park Service as essentially one park. As such, most references, the website, and maps include both parks.

Many treasured sites
While a single day trip will allow you to see only a small part of the parks, several day trips will let you see a number of key locations. These include such treasured sites as the General Grant Tree at General Grant Grove, the General Sherman Tree off the General's Highway (198) near Lodgepole, Crystal Cave, also a short drive off Highway 198, and Kings Canyon (with a stop at Boyden Cave) along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway portion of Highway 180.

The biggest and deepest
Although the tallest trees in the world are along the north coast of California, the largest tree by volume in the world is the General Sherman tree. The species of Giant Sequoia is also one of the tallest in the world so you will get more bank-for-your-buck visiting these giants.

Furthermore, Kings Canyon, cut by the Kings River, is one of the deepest canyons in North America with a maximum depth of 8,200 feet. It is also one of the steepest drops from headwater to finish in North America and possibly the world.

Each of these wonders is within a day trip of Fresno and Clovis and you can probably visit more than one site in one day trip!

More information
So take the short drive from Fresno and Clovis to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to see these world-renowned wonders. You can reach the parks from the Fresno/Clovis area by taking Highway 180 straight up the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the parks. You can also reach the parks from the south entrance by taking Highway 198 from Visalia.

Standard entrance fees vary from $10.00 for individuals to $20.00 for vehicles and are good for both parks for up to seven days. Additional passes are available too. Furthermore, check out the seven entrance-fee free days!

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