National State Parks
Leave motel at Fresno resume road trip to Kings Canyon National Park travel for 83 miles merge Highway 180 east travel into the Park take the drive through and discover the beauty of the area and its surroundings viewing the giant Sequoias Trees.
Kings Canyon National Park
Located in the Southern Sierra Nevadaand founded in 1940, covering half a million acres and it incorporates the General Grant National Park, established in 1890 to protect the General Grant Grove of giant Sequoias Trees. Follow the signs for the General Grant Tree named after the Union Army General, pull into the parking area and walk down the steep winding path to view. This is a vast tree the third highest Sequoias in the world with a huge base, being declared a National Shrine. Be amazed by the large numbers of groves holding so many trees. The Redwood Mountain Grove is the largest grove of giant Sequoias in the world containing the tallest, The Hart Tree, and the second tallest, The Roosevelt Tree. Also take a view of the Cedar Grove of trees situated near the south fork of the Kings River and visit the Cedar Grove Visitors Centre.
Resume journey head North West for 100 miles travel through natures own scenic views and take Highway 180 west for 29 miles then turn left onto Highway 198 for 48 miles. Turn left on Mineral King Road traveling 23 miles into Sequoias National Park, connected by the Generals Highway from Kings Canyon. Take the drive through and discover its delights.
Sequoias National Park
Established 1890 situated on the Southern Sierra Nevada with the boundaries between Inyo and Tulare Counties. The park spans 405,000 acres and is home to the highest summit in the contiguous United States with a elevation of 14,505 feet called Mont Whitney. The park also includes the Giant Redwood, Sierra Redwood and Giant Sequoias in the Giant Forest with the largest single stem tree in the world, The General Sherman. Look out for the abundant Wildlife home to Bobcats, Foxes, Ground Squirrels Rattle Snakes and Mull Deer plus sometimes the Mountain Lion.
Resume road trip by heading northwest for 56 miles and on the Mineral King Road for 23 miles, turn left on Highway 198 and go west for 32 miles. Take exit 107a onto Route 63 north traveling 1 mile into Visalia. pull over and view and stroll in the area.
Founded in 1852 a city situated in the Agricultural San Joaquin Valleys in the Tulare County located on the Kaweah River. Downtown features an array of Public Art and unique shopping in the main street area. Visalia points of interest are the Fox Theatre, Hyde House and Garden Plaza.
Resume the last stage of the journey for 67 miles onto Wasco, take Route 198 west for 7 miles exit 101a and merge with Route 99. Go south for 53 miles and exit 44 onto Route 46 west for 7 miles into Wasco. Pull in at the Days Inn just a stopping point to break the trip book for 1 night stay, get settled then explore the area and look out for Water Tower.
Wasco is a city in San Joaquin Valley situated in Kem County being mainly an agricultural city for growing roses plus a producer of oil and gas at the Semitiropic Oilfield.