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Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks - California


How to Get There: The parks are accessible from two directions. The easiest road for driving is the northern route, via Highway 180, which leads from Fresno. The southern access route is Highway 198, from Visalia. The extremely steep ascent on the southern highway has many sharp switchbacks. For RV and Trailer owners, it's much easier on the nerves (and the health of you and your vehicle) to stick to the northern access road for coming and going. For people with cars and pickups, the route down the mountain from Sequoia National Park is a fine adventure.

Accommodations in
Kings Canyon
National Park

John Muir Lodge
This new 30-room lodge in Grant Grove opened for the summer of 1999, offering modern accommodations and sweeping porches. The two-story pine building has a beamed lobby with stone fireplace. Units include standard rooms, and "suites" -- two adjacent rooms, one for sleeping, and the other for sitting. These are the first new accommodations in Grant Grove in 40 years.
Also at Grant Grove:
Rustic cabins and older standard units are found at Grant Grove, with showers nearby.

Cedar Grove
This longtime facility in Kings Canyon National Park offers a small lodge with 18 rooms, a snack bar and gift shop.

For information and reservations for Kings Canyon National Park accommodations, call (559) 335-5500.

Accommodations in
Sequoia National Park

Wuksachi Lodge
With 102 rooms and suites, this fine new lodge has replaced Giant Forest Village, which is being torn down to preserve the grove of Sequoias. This is a fine building, somewhat reminiscent of the architecture of the Awhanee Hotel at Yosemite, but with its own touches. A central building has the main lobby, registration, lounge, restaurant, and gift shop. It's all done in a time-tested, stately stone and timber style. Guest rooms are in separate buildings. Corner suites contain a sitting room and a bedroom. All rooms have data ports and a coffee maker. This is the first stage of a much larger hotel complex -- to be built over several years. The current restaurant (there will eventually be two) holds 100 diners.

For information and reservations for Sequoia National Park accommodations, call 1-888-252-5757.

In the Sequoia National Monument

Stoney Creek Lodge is a small inn with restaurant and store, located between the two parks, on Generals Highway, in the Sequoia National Monument.

Hotels in Visalia

Visalia is 45 miles from the south entrance to Sequoia National Park and 45 miles from the more northerly entrance to Kings Canyon. The shorter route is better for cars and light trucks. trailers and motor homes should take the longer, northern route via highway 180 (from Fresno). For a listing of Visalia hotels,
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The Radisson Hotel (300 South Court Street) is next to the city's conference center. The 201 rooms are large with "overstuffed" chairs and ottomans, some have mini bars, and the hotel has a swimming pool, whirlpool, and fitness center. There's an airport shuttle.

Best Western Visalia Inn (623 W. Main Street) is in the central downtown area. Within a few blocks you will find several theaters, restaurants and shops.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center (9000 W. Airport Drive) is a large modern hotel with two buildings. It has all of the normal amenities you can find in other Holiday Inns.

Hotels in Fresno

Fresno has lots of hotels and motels, almost all of them chain operations. You can find Days Inns, Red Roofs, Motel 6s, and a host of other brands. Here are several of these, and one local operation with a nostalgic feel.

Four Points Fresno (3737 North Blackstone) is a Sheraton hotel and the best one in Fresno. AAA 3 diamonds, Mobil 3 stars. It's in the business district with gardens around the building and all the amenities of a first-class hotel. There's a Manager's Reception every Tuesday and Wednesday with free food and drinks. features include health & fitness center, outdoor heated pool, restaurant, lounge, and laundry and valet services.

La Quinta Inn Fresno (2926 Tulare Street) is six blocks from downtown. Three restaurants are adjacent to the hotel. A light continental breakfast is served at the hotel. There's a 24 hour front desk, pool, and modem lines in rooms

If you're a nostalgia buff, you might want to look at the Piccadilly Inn at 2305 West Shaw Avenue. Single level cottages are set on the 7.5 acre property. Every room features a refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and board,, hairdryer, and data port. Recliners are included in rooms featuring a king bed. Complimentary continental breakfast is served and there's an afternoon happy hour with hors d'oeuvres. Pool, whirlpool, workout room. The 194-room motor court was built in 1973 and remodeled in 1999.

Hotels in Three Rivers

Three Rivers, a small town on Highway 198 is just 12 miles from the entrance to Sequoia National Park. It's a handy spot from which to start, or base your visit to the parks. For a listing of Three Rivers hotels,
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Best Value Lazy J Ranch (39625 Sierra Drive) is a standard motel with rooms at ground level. It's set on 10 acres with scenic hills just below Sequoia National Park as a backdrop. Continental breakfast is served. Units include motels rooms and cottages.

Holiday Inn Express - Sequoia Park (40820 Sierra Drive) is a standard motel with some rooms at ground level.

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