Sequoia National Park and the World's Largest Tree
Sequoia National Park is a four-hour drive from L.A. and a completely different world from the city. The perfect weekend trip, there’s something to discover in the park for everyone, whether you’re looking for a strenuous hike or a gentle stroll. Experienced hikers can scale the Mineral King valley, with eleven steep alpine trails, while less experienced hikers can take a short, shady walk to Roaring River Falls, and watch a powerful waterfall gush through a granite chute. Walk to see the world’s largest tree, the General Sherman tree; take a candlelight tour of Crystal Cave, a marble cave with a subterranean stream and impressive rock formations; or a take a guided horseback ride.
There’s a range of unique accommodations at the park too—those seeking a rustic charm should consider staying at the Wuksachi Sequoia Lodge, furnished with Mission-style décor, while more adventurous tourists should look into booking a tent cabin at Bearpaw Sierra High Camp. The tent cabins, with wooden floors and canvas siding, include a down comforter and twin beds, and home-cooked breakfasts and dinners. The catch? The only way in is to hike the 11.5 mile High Sierra Trail, complete with views of the Great Western Divide, and takes approximately seven hours.