| 01/27/2020 | Family Friendly, Outdoor Adventures, Sequoia National Park, Things to Do

EXPLORE SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK FOR FREE THIS SUMMER

We’re offering a limited-time promotion! With “Free Shuttle & Stay,” visitors book a two-night stay in any of the 16 Visalia hotels and they receive two free passes for the Sequoia Shuttle, which includes entry into Sequoia National Park. 

To receive the Free Shuttle & Stay passes, book travel on VisitVisalia.com/stay. A two-night stay is required, and travel must take place between June 1 and August 31, 2020. You will receive an email confirmation after booking with details on obtaining passes. Offer valid, while supplies last. For details, rules and regulations, go to visitvisalia.com/Free-Shuttle.

And, the easy part … you can book right on our website. Check out visitvisalia.com/stay to book with one of our 16 lodging options. 



Sequoia Shuttle allows guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey from Visalia into the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park. In addition to bypassing the entry gates, riders can witness the stunning scenery along the way, look for wildlife and spot waterfalls flowing down, all while relaxing in an air-conditioned shuttle with their family. Sequoia Shuttle pick-up locations are located at most Visalia hotels or within a short walking distance. Once in the park, visitors use the ticketless in-park shuttle to see all the main attractions. It travels four loops within the park, offering hop-on, hop-off service. 

Situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Sequoia National Park is a majestic and exquisitely maintained wonderland for hiking, fishing and outdoor adventure. It is home to the largest living tree in the world, the General Sherman Tree. Standing at 275 feet tall, about 102 feet in diameter and weighing more than 2.7 million pounds, it is also the largest living organism, by volume, on the planet. The park also boasts amazing waterfalls and spectacular views from famous spots like Moro Rock.

The Sequoia Shuttle operates all summer and is the perfect way to see Sequoia National Park from Visalia. Each 16-passenger shuttle is wheelchair accessible, features comfortable seats, luggage space, and an informative video during the trip.

Reservations on the Sequoia Shuttle are required so after securing travel dates and making hotel reservation, choose your preferred departure and return times. The shuttle will pick riders up at their Visalia hotel (or at a stop within a short walk) and return back to the hotel at the end of the day. The Shuttle operates several times a day, 7 days a week. Total ride time from the hotel to the drop off point at the Giant Forest Museum is about 2.5 hours which includes a stop at the Ash Mountain Visitors Center for a restroom break.

Travelers are encouraged to eat a hearty breakfast so they are fueled up for a day of adventure prior to meeting the Shuttle at your hotel pick up point. Plan to be at the stop about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. We suggest packing snacks and water to take along with you in a lightweight backpack or tote. 

Once on the Shuttle, sit back and enjoy the ride! An informational video will play with details about what you can expect while at the park. Watch for wildlife along the way as well. Marmots, deer and even bears may be sighted along the way.

The Shuttle drops riders off at the Giant Forest Museum, which is the transportation hub for the in-park shuttle. From here, visitors navigate to all of the park’s most popular destinations accessible by the in-park shuttle. 

The in-park shuttles run from 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and are completely ticketless, so simply hop on and off at any stop. Take a minute to plan your day so that you maximize your activities.  Just be sure to plan to be back at the Museum stop for your return trip.

For information on hikes, download a Trail Guide.

It is important to make the most of your day in Sequoia National Park. Here are a few recommendations for what to see and do during your visit while using the in-park shuttle. The bus route numbers are listed for your convenience, but be sure to check at the transit hub for the most current route information.

Moro Rock: (Use Route #2- Moro Rock) The climb up the 400 or so stairs to the top of Moro Rock is a challenge but you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the great western divide and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Also visit Crescent Meadow. The paved path offers an easy hike for kids and adults that leads to Tharp’s Log, a cabin built into a tree! Tunnel Log, a sequoia tree that fell long ago that visitors can walk (and even drive) under, is a great place for photos. 

General Sherman Tree: (Use Route #1-Giant Forest) This is what most visitors come to see: the largest living thing on earth, astounding its size. Rangers offer free talks at the base of the General Sherman tree (and other points around the park) so be sure to listen in. The grove has many magnificent trees to see with a paves path that loops through the grove. 

Tokopah Falls: (Continue on the Route #1 bus toward Lodgepole) For a bit more adventure, take the hike from the Lodgepole parking lot to Tokopah Falls. This 1,200 foot cascading waterfall is one of the largest in Sequoia National Park. The trail follows along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River. At Lodgepole there is also a visitor center, food options and a market. 

Throughout the day, make sure to speak with a ranger. They are a great resource and have lots of information about things to see and do in the park. The rangers often offer free talks at many points in the park. You can learn why sequoia trees only grow on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains or what wildlife you can expect to see during your trip. You may even learn why there is a sequoia tree in the emblem for the National Park Service and why there is a sequoia cone on a rangers hat. 

After a day spent exploring the giant sequoias, seeing the amazing vistas, and learning about the wildlife that call Sequoia National Park home, it is finally time to head back to your hotel. Meet your designated Shuttle for the return trip back to Visalia. Once you are back in Visalia, one of our many restaurants in Downtown are ready to serve you a delicious dinner that you can linger over while talking all about your amazing adventure.

Is there a bathroom on board:  There is no bathroom on the shuttle but the bus does stop on the way into the park at the Ash Mountain Visitors Center to allow riders to use the bathroom. 

Can I bring food on the Shuttle:  Yes! Many riders pack snacks and drinks in their backpack for their day exploring the parks. Large ice chests are not appropriate though. There is food service available for purchase throughout the park.

Can I bring a backpack: The shuttles are 16 passenger vehicles and have limited space for small backpacks, strollers or other carry-on items. 

Is there a charge for a child: Because space is so limited on-board our 16 passenger vehicles, if a seat is used by a customer of any age, there will be a cost.

Do I need a child safety seat: Our shuttles fall under the bus category under state law, and are not equipped with seat belts. Therefore, car seats cannot be secured and are not required.

The shuttle stops at the Ash Mountain Visitors Center once inside the park. Visitors have the opportunity to use the restroom and get park information.

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