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Kings Canyon Scenic Byway picture in Sequoia National Park
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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 and turns, takes visitors to one of the deepest canyons in North America.

Visitors call it "breathtaking" and "beautiful," but also caution that drivers prepare for the route's many curves, and allow plenty of time to stop for photo ops. The route begins in the foothills outside of Fresno, California, enters the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park, then descends through the Sequoia National Forest, finally ending at the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. Along the way, highlights include hiking to the General Grant Tree, touring Boyden Cave (in the summer) and visiting the gorgeous Grizzly Falls.

Access to the scenic byway is included in park admission. The byway does experience seasonal closures, so check the NPS website for the most up-to-date information.

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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

#5 Moro Rock This granite dome rewards hikers with a breathtaking view of the Great Western Divide and the western half of Sequoia National Park. Though there are about 400 steps that lead 300 ... Read more » Peter Amend / Getty Images

#6 Crystal Cave While the towering trees are the superstars of Sequoia National Park, there are plenty of other amazing places to explore. Crystal Cave is one not to miss, according to travelers ... Read more » Meinzahn / Getty Images

#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

Giant Forest picture in Sequoia National Park
Kings Canyon Scenic Byway picture in Sequoia National Park
General Sherman Tree picture in Sequoia National Park
Hiking picture in Sequoia National Park
Moro Rock picture in Sequoia National Park
Crystal Cave picture in Sequoia National Park
Tunnel Log picture in Sequoia National Park
Giant Forest picture in Sequoia National Park
Kings Canyon Scenic Byway picture in Sequoia National Park
General Sherman Tree picture in Sequoia National Park
Hiking picture in Sequoia National Park
Moro Rock picture in Sequoia National Park
Crystal Cave picture in Sequoia National Park
Tunnel Log picture in Sequoia National Park

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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