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! We headed out early Friday and made our way for the Sierras — Uggs, beanies, flannels, Hunter boots and all 😉 #sorrynotsorry
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! #obsessed Goes without saying, we pulled over quite a few times to take photos — but that’s what makes the drive even more fun, right? 🙂 Since 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. Next 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 🙂Next, 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 😉 Our one attempt at a jumping pic. #overit After 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! But in all honesty, the “hike” up wasn’t bad at all. And SO worth it. Even Luke agreed 🙂 I mean look…! After 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!And then from there, we were on to Crescent Meadow (one of John Muir’s favorites) for more exploring and DIY happy hour lunch 🙂 We took a trail to Tharp’s Log which is a fallen Sequioa turned into a cabin in the mid 1800’s.And then, happy hour picnic… and the selfie stick 😉 Have 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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