9 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

9 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Truckee
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 3 nights

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Take a break from the city and head to Kings Canyon Scenic Byway and Grant Grove. Discover out-of-the-way places like Congress Trail and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner.

Kansas City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kansas City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (98°F), and nights are slightly colder (66°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and Tenaya Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, trek along Panorama Trail, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Truckee.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Truckee — 2 nights

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): trek along Eagle Falls Trail, cruise along Inspiration Point Vista, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Truckee holiday planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Truckee, with lows of 38°F. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Trails
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Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.