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Getting to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are two adjacent parks surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Within the parks, visitors can experience the majestic sequoias, canyon landscapes and mysterious caverns for which the area is known. Visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback raiding, camping, skiing, snowshoeing and cave tours.

Park Locations
The twin parks are located in central California in the San Joachim Valley. They are located 269 miles east of San Francisco and San Jose.

Flying To The Parks
Fresno and Visalia are the closest airports to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Fresno Yosemite International Airport is 1.25 hours away from the Kings Canyon park entrance. It is 1.75 hours away from the Highways 198 entrance to Sequoia National Park. You can reach the Sequoia National Park Highway 198 entrance from Visalia Airport in about 1 hour. The Kings Canyon entrance on Highway 198 is about 1.5 hours from the airport. You can travel to the parks via other airports that are further away, including San Francisco, San Jose and Reno.

By Train
Visitors can travel to the parks by Amtrak trains that serve the nearby city of Hanford. Amtrak buses take passengers to Visalia. Passengers can then take the Sequoia National Park Shuttles to the park. Amtrak trains also serve Fresno, but there is no shuttle service to the Kings Canyon National Park from that city.

Driving
A number of rental car companies are available at area airports. From Fresno, drivers can take Highway180 to the Kings Canyon National Park. Highway 198 will take visitors to Sequoia National Park. Generals Highway connects the two parks. The road is occasionally closed during bad weather. Drivers should be aware that no roads are available to cross the mountains west to east through the mountains. Gasoline is not sold within the parks. Drivers should fill their tanks in nearby towns before entering the park boundaries. GPS devices do not always work within the park boundaries and should not be relied upon for correct information.