Sequoia National Park Travel Guide

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Getting Around Sequoia National Park

The best way to get around Sequoia National Park is by car and on foot. Inside the park, there are a number of areas you can visit, including visitors centers, the Giant Forest Museum, Crystal Cave and a variety of trails. Once you decide on a plan, you can leave your car in a parking area and take off on a walk.  

To reach Sequoia, most travelers fly into Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), which is about 65 miles northwest of the park. Renting a car to reach the park is common. From late May through mid-September, the Sequoia Shuttle transports visitors (for a fee) from the nearby towns of Visalia and Three Rivers, up Highway 198 to Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park. During the summertime, there is also a free in-park shuttle that offers rides in the park's Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Wuksachi and Dorst Creek Campground areas. 

Car

Having a car is a necessity to get to the park at all times except for summer, when the Sequoia Shuttle runs. It's important to note than many of the mountain roads are narrow and winding and there are length limits and advisories in place for RVs, trailers and any other vehicles more than 22 feet long. As you drive through the park, there are various visitors centers and scenic areas where you can park and hike.

Shuttle

The National Park Service encourages visitors to rely on the park's free shuttles, which generally run from late May to mid-September from about 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (depending on the route) in the Giant Forest area. This helps reduce air pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road and reduces the competition for limited parking. There may be free shuttles in the park during winter holiday periods, such as late November (Thanksgiving weekend) and late December (depending on when holidays fall), but there is no guarantee. If in operation, the shuttle runs between the Giant Forest Museum and Wuksachi Lodge and Restaurant. 

In addition, the Sequoia Shuttle offers round-trip tickets from Visalia and Three Rivers to the Giant Forest Museum in the summer for $15. The fee includes admission to the park and reservations are required.

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