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Visitors to the Giant Forest use a lot of the same words to describe it, including "awe-inspiring," "amazing" and a "must-see." The large sequoia grove is located between the Marble and Middle Forks of the Kaweah River and is home to more than 8,000 sequoias – the most of any other grove in the park.

Start your visit at the Giant Forest Museum, which offers an overview of the giant sequoias, meadows and human history in the region. The museum is housed in the historic Giant Forest market building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are a series of hikes in the Giant Forest, ranging from short one-hour jaunts to daylong treks; the National Park service lists a few on its website. Visitors recommend longer hikes, such as the Alta Trail or the High Sierra Trail, to escape the crowds, especially in the summer. The Redwood Canyon and Muir Grove also great places for longer treks. The Giant Forest is also home to the famous General Sherman Tree, the largest living sequoia in the world.

You'll find the forest and museum off of Generals Highway. The forest is accessible all year. The free museum is open daily year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May to September and until 5 p.m. September to May. There are several parking lots near the museum, but the green route of the free park shuttle also stops here.

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#1 Giant Forest Visitors to the Giant Forest use a lot of the same words to describe it, including "awe-inspiring," "amazing" and a "must-see." The large sequoia grove is located between the Marble ... Read more » Elena Pueyo / Getty Images

#2 Kings Canyon Scenic Byway To visit Kings Canyon by car, the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway (otherwise known as Highway 180) is the only option for vehicles. The 50-mile route, which is full of twists ... Read more » J. Nunag / Getty Images

#3 General Sherman Tree The General Sherman Tree – the world's largest tree by volume – stands 275 feet tall and measures more than 36 feet in diameter at its base. Visitors call the tree ... Read more » Pierdelune / Getty Images

#4 Hiking There are any number of trails in Sequoia National Park for all abilities and ages. In the Giant Forest, the Congress Trail, a paved 2-mile loop that begins near the ... Read more » Ingram Publishing / Getty Images

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#7 Tunnel Log The Tunnel Log, located along the Crescent Meadow Road in the Giant Forest, offers a fun photo op for park visitors. This enormous tree, which fell across the road in ... Read more » Allard Schager / Getty Images

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General Sherman Tree picture in Sequoia National Park
Hiking picture in Sequoia National Park
Moro Rock picture in Sequoia National Park
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Trail signs like this one for the Giant Forest can be found all over Sequoia National Park. Elena Pueyo / Getty Images

Located between Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon, the 50-mile-long Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is a popular drive. J. Nunag / Getty Images

The world's largest tree is the General Sherman Tree, standing 275 feet tall. Pierdelune / Getty Images

While you're hiking through the Giant Forest, stop to marvel at the General Sherman Tree. Ingram Publishing / Getty Images

Moro Rock offers stunning views of the park. Peter Amend / Getty Images

The stalactites inside the Crystal Cave come in many formations. Meinzahn / Getty Images

Driving through the Tunnel Log, a tunnel cut through a fallen giant sequoia, is a perfect photo op. Allard Schager / Getty Images

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