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Crystal Cave surprising find on visit to SequoiaWhat's great about travel is that there are always surprises, and sometimes an experience that was unexpected will turn out to be the highlight of your trip. In our case, we went to Sequoia National Park to see the trees but we came back talking about the caves.
Oh the giant Sequoia trees are impressive, all right. Who would not marvel at trees that weigh 2.7 million pounds, that are more than 2,000 years old and have branches seven feet in diameter?
More about those later, but along the way to see the trees we stopped in at the Foothills Visitor Center just after we entered Sequoia National Park. There was a line at the counter so we figured something was worth waiting for, so we nudged a little closer to see just what all the fuss was about.
Sequoia National Park Lodging
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Whispering Pines Lodge Bed and Breakfast
13745 Sierra Way
Kernville, CA 93238
Ph: 877-241-4100 Fx: 760-376-6513
High TripAdvisor Ranking
Whispering Pines Lodge Bed & Breakfast is setting a new standard for lodging and excellence in Southern California. The atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious, but the staff and management have added a special touch of class and amenities usually reserved for five-star resorts. Without high prices and added charges, you revel in such extras as complimentary country breakfast in our central dining room, cozy fireplaces, private baths, brilliant fresh flower arrangements and fragrant potpourri, luxurious antique-style pine and oak furnishings, and large screen color TVs. And it's all conveniently located on the banks of the Wild and Scenic Kern River
Hummingbird Cottage B and B at Historic Seven
Hummingbird Cottage at Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch is the perfect "home base" for travelers coming to see the Giant Sequoias of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Nestled among the orange groves, the homestead offers visitors three bedrooms, two baths, and numerous amenities. We provide guests with their choice of continental or 'cook your own' breakfast, in addition to a supply locally grown, in-season fruit. The home also offers complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV. The beautiful grounds have become a popular location for weddings and special events, and our orange grove maze and farm tours are always a big hit!
Seasons 4 Condominium Rentals
244 Lakeview Blvd. Post Office Box 226
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Ph: 800-732-7664 Fx: 760-934-1716
Seasons 4's lodging is your home-away-from-home, centrally located only 1/4 mile from the ski facilities at Canyon Lodge, 1/2 mile from the Village at Mammoth with the gondola, restaurants, and village shopping, and just 1.5 miles away from five lakes just waiting for you to further your fishing experience. Seasons 4 offers convenience without the congestion for your favorite Mammoth winter, spring, summer, or fall activities. We have a centrally located recreation room equipped with ping-pong, pool table, and laundry facilities as well as a hot spa, dry sauna and in late spring and summer, a heated swimming pool.
Plantation Bed and Breakfast
33038 Sierra Hwy 198
Sequoia National Park, CA 93244
Ph: 559-597-2555 Fx: 559-597-2551
The Plantation Bed & Breakfast is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains among hundreds of acres of orange groves and only minutes from the Giant Sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park. Lake Kaweah is only 2 miles from the Plantation and Kings Canyon National Park is only 35 miles. This 4,500 square foot citrus plantation home has seven romantic "GONE WITH THE WIND" theme rooms, swimming pool and a Jacuzzi Hot Tub, located in the orange grove for privacy and open 24 hours. Chef Marie prepares a full gourmet breakfast each morning with fresh squeezed orange juice.
Tributary Whitewater Tours
Guiding California white water rafting trips for more than 35 years! Tributary Whitewater Tours has been guiding California whitewater rafting trips since 1978 and offers something for all levels, from family California rafting vacation trips suitable for kids, to extreme California white water rafting adventures for the expert. With so many rivers to choose from, we know we have the right California whitewater rafting trip for you. A Tributary Whitewater Tours California rafting trip combines all the elements of a memorable river rafting adventure.