Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

#2 in Best Things To Do 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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