Sequoia National Park Stories and Tips

Road Trip USA 2002: Sequoia Nat'l Park, 10 Marc

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member

From Lone Pine – on to Big Sur.

We approached the park along route 198, the General's Highway. It winds its way ever higher up the Kaweah River Valley to the gates of the park before continuing onwards in a series of ever more hair-raising switchbacks that climb hundreds of feet up, until you're directly under the Moro Rock. Along the way is a great place to stop for pictures called 'The Amphitheatre'...

At the top we found that we were in a snow zone, which meant having to be extra careful driving - especially without tyre chains!

After spending a couple of hours visiting General Sherman and the Museum, we then started back down the mountain as the light was already beginning to fade that the temperatures were also dropping.

The next part of our tight itinerary called for us to be on the Californian coast in easy distance of Hearst Castle and Big Sur, which meant a few hours of night driving across state...

We continued along route 198 until just before Highway 5 where we turned south onto route 41 and then south onto I-101 into San Luis Obispo where we had a few coupons for cheap accommodation. This was an excellent drive as there wasn't much traffic on the roads meaning that you could easily pass slow drivers and drive fast to make up time - I actually found that with roads like these you could make far better time than on the highways themselves in many cases.

Once in town it was easy to find our chosen motel on Monterey St and book in. We were going to head into town to eat, however, the '1865' seafood restaurant practically next door was excellent and that is where we decided to stay in the Jasmine perfumed night air...

A quick call to book our Hearst Castle tickets and we were all set for the next day!

Fondest Memories: In the foothills along route 198 before the park, we came across a petrol station that was going to be the cheapest one we saw in all of California - so we filled up on the way in and filled up on the way out! It was surprising it was so cheap considering it was in a prime 'tourist trap' location...

To stand beside the largest living thing in the World was something else! General Sherman was amazing in every way and I was very glad to have made the pilgrimage!

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