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Hey y'all-
I already asked for some input on our big summer trip, but plans have changed with the wife's new job.

We now have about 10 days (late June/early July) and want to visit the parks above. My initial checking seems there isn't really one place to make a home base to day trip to these parks.

We're going to fly and either get cabins/hotel so we have 7 full days to check out the area.

Is there somewhere that's a good base to see at least 2 of the parks as day trips, or better to stay near each for a couple nights?

We're just trying to figure out the best way to visit all 3. Thanks in advance!


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Kings Canyon is good for a one day trip unless you are a hiker. Yosemite is full of visitors and no parking by 10:00 AM.

We stayed at the NP campgrounds at Sequoia a few days and then camped outside the north entry of Yosemite.


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If you haven't already made reservations for IN Yosemite, you're probably too late, we were too late also in '15, so we stayed at The Forks CG at Bass Lake, quite a drive into Yosemite, (49 mi.).
For Kings Canyon & Sequoia we stayed at Sequoia RV Resort,( personally think the term RESORT was a bit of a stretch ) outside the parks, it's the closest place with FHU's and at 90+ degrees, we were happy, a real experience getting to but worked well for us.


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If you are flying in (to where??) ~~ Will you be renting a car OR an RV..

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If you are flying in, and not camping, check out Montecito Sequoia Lodge -- it is in between Kings and Sequoia. Lots to do. But not at all fancy. Very rustic.

If you want fancy, try the Wuksachi Lodge near Sequoia.

Personally, I would avoid Yosemite at that time of year -- hot and crowded. But opinions may differ. Kings/Sequoia is higher and cooler, with great groves of huge trees, great hiking, etc.


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profdant139 wrote:

If you are flying in, and not camping, check out Montecito Sequoia Lodge -- it is in between Kings and Sequoia. Lots to do. But not at all fancy. Very rustic.

If you want fancy, try the Wuksachi Lodge near Sequoia.

Personally, I would avoid Yosemite at that time of year -- hot and crowded. But opinions may differ. Kings/Sequoia is higher and cooler, with great groves of huge trees, great hiking, etc.


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I grew up in Visalia. If I wanted to get a good feel for Sequoia National Park, I'd stay in Silver City in Mineral King. The drive there kind of stinks because it's very windy and narrow, but it's so beautiful up there. Silver City is a resort "town" with various types of cabins you can rent, from basic hiker's cabins, to "lodge style". https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g143050-d674142-Reviews-Silver_City_Mountain_Resort-Sequoia_and_Kings_Canyon_National_Park_California.html

For Kings Canyon, there are some lodges near Wilsonia and Grant Grove Village, or you can also look up near Hume Lake. Keep in mind Hume Lake is a busy Christian summer camp during the summer though, so while the homes you would rent are private, there's lots of kids running around (I was one of them 25-30 years ago ha ha).

If you want somewhere quiet to just relax, I enjoy Huntington Lake. You can't really get to the tourist destinations from there but it's beautiful and quiet and cool.

As for Yosemite, well, like others have said, it's hot and crowded in the summer, but if you're on a "one in a life time" type of trip, it's worth going. You can stay outside of the park in some of the smaller towns like Oakhurst or Fish Camp to get away from the crowds a bit. Or, if you want to go all out for a night or two, you can stay at The Majestic aka The Ahwahnee Hotel. It's beautiful and historic and right in the middle of it all... but get ready to get out your wallet for that one.


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maddog348 wrote:

If you are flying in (to where??) ~~ Will you be renting a car OR an RV..

JM2¢ ~~ YMMV


Flying into wherever makes sense and renting car. We love camping but its not realistic w/ the short time frame we have. The drive would be about 3 days each way so it doesn't make sense in a 10 day trip.

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So guys, I've been checking and it looks like there aren't many options below $500/night cabin rentals.

I'm looking for a hotel or camper rental, probably one near Yosemite and another near Sequoia. Sound right? Any good options y'all know of?

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You might think about renting a condo or Air BnB near Fresno. An hour or so commute to Kings and Sequoia a couple hours to Yosemite. Would save a lot on meals etc. We are headed to San Francisco next week and planning a day trip to Yosemite.


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