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Take A Day Trip From Fresno To Sequoia National Park

Posted on January 13th, 2022 by Paul Hill

Looking for something to do outdoors this January outside of Fresno? Then you should consider taking a day trip up to Sequoia National Park. Despite temperatures averaging around 26 degrees for this month, thousands of visitors flock to the park to enjoy this high-altitude, winter wonderland.

Because of the national park’s size, there are two entrances for visitors to choose from. One entrance, known as the Big Stump entrance, can be accessed by Highway 180. The second entrance near the town of Three Rivers is accessible from Sierra Drive. If you’re only taking a day trip, then we highly recommend taking the second entrance to the park to cut down on your overall driving time.

If you’re traveling by car from Fresno’s city center, then venturing to this national park will take you a little under an hour and a half. You’ll begin your journey by taking the Golden State Highway, also known as Highway 99, south until you reach Visalia. Head east on Highway 198 through Visalia, which will then turn into Sierra Drive. Eventually you will come across the park’s entrance where you will have to pay a $35.00 entrance fee for your vehicle.

Once you’ve parked your car and gotten your bearings, you have quite a few options for activities:

SnowShoeing or Cross Country Skiing – Because of the park’s high elevation, there is a good chance you’ll encounter some snow when you reach Sequoia National Park. One great trail to consider cross country skiing or snowshoeing includes the Tokopah Falls trail. There won’t be any giant sequoias along this path, but you’ll see the Watchtower, Tokopah creek and the Tokopah waterfall.

Walk Around The Big Tree Trail or The Congress Trail – These paved trails make for an easy family-friendly walk among the Sequoias. You’ll get to see some of the most famous trees on these paths, including two named General Sherman and The President.

Pay Around In The Snow – If you’d rather have a snow day in the mountains, there are several designated “snow-play” areas in the park. Here families can make snowmen, throw snowballs or rent a sled from the park system. You’ll want to look for either Wolverton or Grant Grove.

Drive To A Scenic Viewpoint – Sequoia National Park is the perfect place to take a scenic drive in the winter. As long as you apply tire chains before you enter the park, you’ll be able to witness stellar views of the park’s canyons and plenty of giant snow covered trees.

Stay At Our Exquisite Airport Hotel In Fresno, CA

Staying up in the mountains can be expensive if you’re looking to make a Sequoia National Park day trip. Save a few extra bucks on your trip to one of California’s famous national parks and stay with us at Piccadilly Inn Airport in Fresno. We offer exclusive lodging options for a fraction of what you would pay up in the mountains.

Make your stay in Fresno comfortable and memorable. Book your reservation by visiting our website or giving us a call today.

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