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
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Truckee
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kings Canyon Scenic Byway and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get in touch with nature at Congress Trail and Roaring River Falls. There's lots more to do: trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, cruise along Generals Hwy, explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kansas City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Traveling from Kansas City in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (98°F), and nights are a bit cooler (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and Tenaya Lake. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, trek along Panorama Trail, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Truckee

— 2 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): trek along Eagle Falls Trail, then cruise along Inspiration Point Vista, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Truckee trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 40°F in Truckee. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Adventure

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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.