Sunday, August 19, 2012

Trip Itinerary for Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks

Earlier of the year when we planned for summer vacation,  instead of our usual practice that Lily and I make the decision and the kids just follow, I proposed a few places, Yosemite, Utah, and Arcadia at Maine for the whole family to vote on.  Yosemite was the unanimous choice.

Since Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks are close to Yosemite, we included the two parks in our Yosemite vacation plan. The best access point to these parks is Fresno-Yosemite International Airport.

I visited these parks when I was at graduate school years ago. It would be the first time visit for Lily, and our boys.

Day 1

Fly to Fresno- Yosemite International airport (FAT) from DFW in an early morning flight, arriving around noon (pacific time). Drive to Sequoia National Park.

visit Giant Forest Museum
hike to Tokopah Falls
stay at Wukasachi Lodge

Day 2

visit General Sherman Tree area
hike on Big Trees Trail
visit Grant Grove Museum

hike to Moro Rock
visit Crystal Cave

Day 3

drive to Kings Canyon - Cedar Grove on Kings Canyon Scenic byways
visit Roaring Water Falls  trail
hike on Zumwalt Meadow trail 

hike on Hotel Creek trail
visit General Grant Tree

stay at Grant Grove Lodge and Cabin

Day 4 

Drive to Yosemite from Fresno

visit Glacier point
hiked to Sentinel Dome 

drive back to Fresno - stay at best western hotel

Day 5

Drive to Yosemite, stay at Curry Village at Yosemite Valley the rest of the trip

Hike to the top of  Nevada Fall
Check in at Curry Village

Day 6

Bike in the Valley   - Yosemite Falls, Swinging Bridge

El Captain and Yosemite Creek

Starry Skies over Yosemite  - a park program

Day 7

Drive to Northwest  and Northern Yosemite

- Hetch Hetchy

- Tuolumne Meadow
   visit  Olmsted point and Tenaya Lake
   hike to Lembert Dome

Day 8

visit Mariposa Grove on the way to Fresno

Leave for DFW from FAT early afternoon

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