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Exploring California’s Majestic Mountain Loop

Exploring California’s Majestic Mountain Loop

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California is shockingly and virtually embarrassingly giant. It might simply be cut up into three or 4 states with out anybody batting a watch. That makes visiting and exploring the state a problem at occasions, particularly when one is caught up seeing solely the most important cities. Whereas wonderful, cities like L.A. or San Francisco don’t have what the state is maybe most recognized for, its unbelievable pure treasures. On a current journey alongside the Majestic Mountain Loop I had the nice alternative to go to a few of these parks and to lastly see for myself the locations that sparked the fashionable conservation motion as we all know it at the moment.

I used to be hosted on this journey by however as at all times, my ideas and robust opinions are totally my very own.

Majestic Mountain Loop

I really like this concept and am so glad the tourism people got here up with it as a result of it neatly bundles collectively three of probably the most unbelievable Nationwide Parks not solely in California, however your complete nation. The Loop is supposed to strengthen the truth that guests can expertise one of the best of all three parks simply and in as brief a time as three days. Actually, that’s an unbelievable reality and actually accentuates how shut to one another and the way straightforward they’re to go to. The three parks in fact are Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon Nationwide Parks, all pure reserves I’ve needed to expertise first hand for a very long time.

The logistics of it are straightforward sufficient. In the event you’re flying in, then Fresno will likely be your airport and from there you can begin both at Sequoia or Yosemite as they’re nearly equidistant from the airport. In the event you’re driving, each LA and San Francisco are each just some hours away, making the parks an excellent weekend tour. I traveled first to Sequoia from Fresno to see these mighty bushes in individual, utilizing the oddly fascinating metropolis of Visalia as my house base.


On arrival day, I might truthfully head straight to your resort in Visalia and spend the afternoon exploring town, there’s lots to see and do in and across the metropolis middle. Visalia formally turned a city within the mid-Nineteenth century and early development within the space boomed thanks partially to the gold rush. It was later added to the Overland Stagecoach route, making it a logistically necessary metropolis. As we speak almost 200,000 folks name town and environs house, and there’s a lot to do even should you solely have a day or two. My recommendation is to remain downtown, which is energetic and vibrant, and cease by the vacationer workplace to see what’s new and thrilling on this not so sleepy group.


In your first full day, rise up early and make the straightforward drive to what has turn out to be considered one of my favourite Nationwide Parks, Sequoia. To benefit from my restricted time, I used to be accompanied by one of many unbelievable guides from Sequoia Guides. Her data not solely of the parks however of the pure underpinnings was exceptional and since she is aware of the parks so nicely, she was in a position to simply and shortly lead me to all one of the best spots. So in Sequoia what are these spots? Begin off with a go to to the Basic Sherman Tree, the world’s largest single-stem tree. You’ll additionally discover the Big Forest Museum the place you may be taught extra concerning the uncommon biology surrounding you. There are two extra spots to go to earlier than leaving the park although, each Tunnel Log and Moro Rock are virtually rites of passage for all guests.

Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon and Sequoia are normally lumped collectively for good cause, they really conjoin and driving from one to the opposite is so seamless one doesn’t even discover the transition. For my part Kings Canyon doesn’t get almost as a lot consideration because it ought to. It’s simply as nice as Sequoia, particularly should you love wandering across the forests of giants.


You probably did it! You skilled two unbelievable parks in lower than two days! However now it’s time for probably the most well-known of the three parks, the indelible Yosemite. A lot has been written about Yosemite that I discover it daunting to place collectively only a brief paragraph, however I’ll begin off by saying no description or picture can do that place justice. The enormity of its magnificence is on a special scale and for as soon as I used to be left speechless, a rarity for anybody who is aware of me. Yosemite can be large and a lifetime may very well be spent exploring all of its nooks and crannies. In the event you don’t have a lifetime, it’s nonetheless very straightforward to go to in solely a day, as I did. Bridalveil Fall, Cathedral Peak, the U-Formed Valley, Half Dome, Glacier Level and El Capitan are simply a few of the park’s most notable spots. Give your self loads of time to discover, particularly should you plan on performing some mountaineering. Base your self in close by Oakhurst, which has its personal litany of enjoyable issues to see, do and eat. I stayed at Bass Lake, which is a complete trip unto itself so the choices right here abound.

How Every thing Went in Follow

Some could scoff at the truth that I visited these three parks in solely three days, however for me it was the best first introduction to the area. Typically Nationwide Parks are so giant and attention-grabbing that they are often daunting to go to that first time. How does one prioritize their time to see one of the best that the park has to supply? The widespread theme for the parks alongside the Majestic Mountain Loop is how straightforward they’re for first timers to succeed in and discover, even when on a good schedule. Even higher, each Oakhurst and Visalia have a lot to supply guests except for the parks that a complete trip might simply be spent within the space. Simply do your self a favor and don’t wait so long as I did for that each one necessary first journey – this a part of California isn’t simply majestic, it’s magical too.