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RIDE THE SEQUOIA SHUTTLE TO HAVE THE BEST DAY AT SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

For a relaxing trip to Sequoia National Park, ride the Sequoia Shuttle. The Sequoia Shuttle operates all summer and is the perfect way to get to the Sequoia National Park from Visalia. The shuttle departs from most Visalia hotels (or within a brief walk) several times a day, seven days a week. Reservations are required. Your shuttle pass includes park entrance, as well as the unlimited shuttle service inside the park.

Each 16-passenger shuttle is wheelchair accessible, features comfortable seats, luggage space, and an informative video during the trip.

Here are our tips on how to have the perfect day in Sequoia National Park.

Because the Sequoia Shuttle picks up directly from most Visalia hotels, you just need to be at the shuttle stop about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick up time. We suggest bringing snacks and water along with you. Suggestions of things to bring can be found here https://www.visitvisalia.com/articles/explore-sequoia-national-park-for-free-this-summer.  The ride up to the park takes about 2.5 hours, with a stop at the Ash Mountain Visitors Center along the way for a restroom break.

The Shuttle drops off visitors at the transportation hub at Giant Forest Museum. From here, you will utilize the in-park shuttle to see all the top sites. 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. There are four routes that are easy to navigate.  Just be sure to plan to be back at the Museum stop for your return trip.

For information on in-park hikes, download our Trail Guide. 

Here are our top picks for the best things to see and do in the park:

Giant Forest Museum: Start your day here to learn lots of great information about the parks, sequoia trees, wildlife and more. Be sure to ask the rangers for suggestions and tips on making the most of your visit.

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, a paved path about a mile long in this charming and peaceful area. A great photo op is at the Tunnel Log, a sequoia tree that fell long ago that you can walk under. 

General Sherman Tree: (Use Route #1-Giant Forest) This is what most visitors come to see: the largest living thing on earth. You will be astounded by its size. Often rangers will offer free chats at the base of the General Sherman tree 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 Tokopah Falls. The trail follows along the shaded creek. At Lodgepole there is also a visitor center, food options and a market. 

After a day spend 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 are ready to serve you a delicious dinner that you can linger over while talking all about your amazing adventure.

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