The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Sequioa National Park {local getaway}

Luke and I just spent a recent weekend at Sequioa National Park for our 4 year anniversary… and it was awesome. If you haven’t been yet, or it’s just been awhile, I definitely recommend it. We were looking into Zion and Yosemite for our anniversary, but both were a little too last minute to plan (and a bit further distance), so we opted for Sequioa — which is just a 4 hour (mostly beautiful) drive from home! img_9205 Sequioa National Park - weekend getaway - national park - mountain getaway - local getaway - locallove805We headed out early Friday and made our way for the Sierras — Uggs, beanies, flannels, Hunter boots and all 😉 #sorrynotsorry
Giant Forest - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805 The first part of the drive is eh, but it went by pretty quick. And once you make it to the entrance, the drive up is beautiful. There are so many looking points and photo opps along the way. I was freaking out about every 2 minutes 😉 But seriously, look at these huge trees and fall leaves! #obsessedSequioa National Park - weekend getaway - national park - mountain getaway - local getaway - locallove805Sequioa National Park - weekend getaway - national park - mountain getaway - local getaway - locallove805 Sequioa National Park - weekend getaway - national park - mountain getaway - local getaway - locallove805Goes without saying, we pulled over quite a few times to take photos — but that’s what makes the drive even more fun, right? 🙂 Sequioa National Park - weekend getaway - national park - mountain getaway - local getaway - locallove805Since we got to the park early enough to explore, we decided to head into Giant Forest. First we came across Auto Log, this fallen sequioa tree which was turned into a driveway of sorts. Pretty crazy. auto log - Sequioa National Park - weekend getaway - national park - mountain getaway - local getaway - locallove805Giant Forest - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805Next we headed to the infamous Tunnel Log which is pretty friggin’ cool. So cool we even went back on Saturday — which we then realized how lucky we were on Friday to have barely anyone around! So tip, head up early before the crowds 🙂tunnel log - Sequioa National Park - weekend getaway - national park - mountain getaway - local getaway - locallove805tunnel log - audi - Sequioa National Park - weekend getaway - national park - mountain getaway - local getaway - locallove805Next, and actually one of my favorites, was the Parker Group — which are these 8 giant sequioas located near Tunnel Log. We pulled off here Friday and Saturday for some photos because … I mean, do I even need to explain 😉img_9676 Version 2Our one attempt at a jumping pic. #overitimg_9339 img_9671img_9678img_1976img_1975After Parker Group, we headed to Wuksachi Lodge to check in. The lodge is perfectly located in the park near all the main attractions. The service and food were both great — they have a restaurant in the lodge where we ate dinner and breakfast. They even had a pumpkin carving party Saturday night! It was a very quaint hotel. Perfect for a simple mountain getaway.

The next morning we woke up at 6am — well, more like I woke up at 6am, made us coffee and got dressed in the dark (which you can see via the photos;), then I woke up Luke and we headed for Moro Rock for sunrise. Nothing like climbing 400 stairs first thing in the morning!Moro Rock - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805 Moro Rock - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805But in all honesty, the “hike” up wasn’t bad at all. And SO worth it. Even Luke agreed 🙂 I mean look…!sunrise - Moro Rock - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805 sunrise - Moro Rock - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805 img_9402img_9375sunrise - Moro Rock - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805sunrise - Moro Rock - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805 img_9450 img_9458 img_9455 img_9447 img_9484 img_9444 img_9426img_9440img_9503 img_9430 img_9501After sunrise, we headed back to the lodge for breakfast and a nap #duh. Then we headed out to the infamous General Sherman, the world’s largest living tree by volume!general sherman - sunrise - Moro Rock - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805And then from there, we were on to Crescent Meadow (one of John Muir’s favorites) for more exploring and DIY happy hour lunch 🙂img_9613Giant Forest - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805 img_1919 img_1890Giant Forest - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805Giant Forest - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805 img_1912 img_1822giant forest - sunrise - Moro Rock - Sequioa National Park - Sequioa - mountain getaway - local getaway - LocalLove805We took a trail to Tharp’s Log which is a fallen Sequioa turned into a cabin in the mid 1800’s.img_1929And then, happy hour picnic… and the selfie stick 😉img_5056 img_5028Have you been to Sequioa National Park? Share your favorite California National Park in the comments below — we’d love to hear from you!

If you’re looking for mountain town getaways, another option is the small mountain town Idyllwild which Luke and I went to for our one year anniversary. We met in Breckenridge, CO so we especially love the mountains 🙂

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xx~

Hayley {LL805}

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