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    • solo mission

      South Lake Tahoe Sep 6, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      Will be visiting in a few days with my road bike, was wondering what trails to check out close to Lakeside Marina? Bike routes through town? Are there any guided hikes? Anything else I should try to check out? Thank you!

    • End of June - July

      San Francisco Sep 22, 2015 at 12:56 AM

      Is there anything major going on that I can't miss around these dates. Looking at going on holidays through here and don't want to miss out anything amazing!

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      DO i need a visa for a 5 hr flight layover

      Los Angeles Sep 19, 2015 at 2:57 AM

      Hello! I'm planning to have a 2 week visit in colombia. And the flight that i've found happens to have a connecting flight in Los Angeles (LAX) California with a 9 hour layover. Do i need to have a visa for just a 5 hour layover? i'm not planning to go outside the mentioned airport, just gonna stay in the transit area. Or would my philippine passport do? I need an answer as soon as possible. Thank you so much!

    • drive through death valley in november

      Death Valley National Park Sep 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

      Any problem to drive through Death Valley? We are going there in November. After visiting Vegas and Grand Canyon we will drive through Death Valley to visit Yosemite national park.
      Lars, Ingela

    • Melbourne Cup

      San Francisco Sep 25, 2015 at 2:20 AM

      Does anyone know if anywhere will be televising the Australian Melbourne cup thanks

    • End of June - July

      Los Angeles Sep 22, 2015 at 12:57 AM

      Is there anything major going on that I can't miss around these dates. Looking at going on holidays through here and don't want to miss out anything amazing!

    • fist tri to SB

      Santa Barbara Sep 21, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      is there anywhere to get a tourist map with important must see attraction?

    • Driving Time Lone Pine, CA to Mt. Whitney trailhead

      Lone Pine Sep 18, 2015 at 8:06 AM

      Staying in hostel in Lone Pine and hiking up Mt Whitney 9/30/15. Will get to trailhead (Whitney Portal)2- 3am to begin my hike up. How long/challenging is the drive from Lone Pine, CA to trailhead (Whitney Portal)??

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      Bike rental reservations?

      Yosemite National Park Sep 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM

      Do I need, or can I make bike reservations?

    • Catalina Islands in December

      Avalon Sep 11, 2015 at 11:06 AM

      My wife and I are going to be in LA in December. We would like to visit Avalon, Catalina Islands for a couple of days. We like to hike and I would think the temperatures in December would be nice enough. How would the early nightlife scene be at that time of year and would most of the restaurants and bars be open? Any chance of hearing live music.


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      Southern Ca Getaway idea, please.

      Los Angeles Oct 2, 2015 at 1:13 AM

      My birthday's next week and I'd like to take a 2-3 day getaway (mid week). I live in paradise already, San Diego - but would like to perhaps go find a nice B&B and go to Universal Studios, maybe another studio or park or cool activity for an adult traveling solo. Are there any awesome places or stops you'd recommend for a getaway alone? Like to keep it under $500 for all.

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      What to see?

      Los Angeles Sep 21, 2015 at 9:01 AM

      Me and three other girls are going for a roadtrip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, so we are wondering if anyone have any tips on what we have to see there? Maybe some great restaurants, beaches, etc. We want to se the tourist things, but we also want to get the real LA experience.
      So if you have any tips at all, contact me! :)

    • Hotels Near SFO

      San Francisco Oct 1, 2015 at 10:09 AM

      My son is in the military and will be flying out of SFO and needs a hotel stay for the night before his flight. I am trying to book a one night stay on a young mans budget that is in a safe area not necessarily right next to the airport, but within a reasonable distance. Does anybody have any advice on an area or nice hotel? Thanks so much..........

    • Parking questions

      San Elijo State Beach Sep 23, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      Suggestions for overnight parking close to San Elijo campground?
      Thank you in advance!

    • 4 nights at US Grant and only rent a car for the last 2 days?

      San Diego Sep 18, 2015 at 3:59 AM

      Hi All,

      I just wanted to run past through you my idea for my trip to San Diego next month. I'll spending 4 nights at the US Grant, therefore I was thinking of not renting a car for the first two days, and explore anything I can explore on foot. This is primarily to save the ridiculously expensive parking fee for two nights!

      I would then rent a car for the last two days so that I can explore a bit more of what's further afield.

      Does it sound sensible?

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      Event in Napa, 10-17 & 10-18?

      Napa Sep 11, 2015 at 9:41 AM

      I thought I would try the forum to see if maybe someone could figure this out, because I've not been able to find it.
      My wife has a business meeting in Santa Rosa on the week of 10-12. We were going to drive up there and, once her meeting is finished on Friday, spend at least another night in the area. However, that weekend, the hotels get ridiculous, and I'm trying to figure out what's going on there.
      It seems to get worse as you move toward Napa, so I'm thinking that Napa is where the event is. Hotels in Fairfield are extremely high, while those in Concord are normal, and I may end up staying in Concord before flying out on another trip.
      Can anyone find this major event, just to satisfy my own curiosity?

    • 5 hours at LA airport

      Los Angeles Sep 24, 2015 at 6:56 AM

      Hello, I am arriving at LA airport on September 26 at 04:35PM and I have another flight on the same date at 10:10PM. Is there any chance to visit at least one popular place in LA? Thank you!

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      Porters in the airport (LAX)?

      Los Angeles Sep 27, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      My daughter will arrive in Los Angeles International Airport with two small children, a four-year-old and a not-yet-two-year-old. She'll have to get two big car seats from the baggage claim plus her luggage and will have to get everything and everybody out to the public arrival area, where our friends will meet them. Are there any porters in the baggage claim hall? I've read about Skycaps. Are they easily recognizable? I've read they expect to be tipped. How much would be appropriate? And I suppose they also expect to be paid. Can anyone tell me how much this is?
      Thank you for any information.


      California Oct 1, 2015 at 5:16 AM

      Hello, I m new in California. Suggest me good place for my family weekend fun..

    • Need photography location advice

      by keiyin Online Now May 6, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      Hi all. I'll be visiting the park next weekend, 5/15 - 5/17. I'll arrive at night (5/15). I'd like to shoot star trails with a noticeable foreground. I'll then wait for the sunrise of 5/16. During the day time, I'll visit the points of interests. I'd also like to take photos of sunset. On 5/17, I'll visit more points of interests and then head back to LA. I'd be appreciated if you could advise on the locations for 1. star trails; 2. sunrise; and 3. sunset. In addition, please let me know if you have any photography tips in the park. For instance, what time at which location would be possible to create a dramatic shot. Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers May 7, 2015 at 1:30 PM
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      Car shuttle for thru-hike of High Sierra Trail

      by blueskyjohn Online Now Feb 21, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      Hello all! I am planning a thru hike of the High Sierra trail for summer 2015. While I have the logistics of the actual hike nailed down, I'm having trouble with transportation from trailheads. My plan would be to leave my rental car at Whitney Portal rd then hire a service to take me to the other side and leave me at Crescent Meadow.

      I know it's a long drive and the few services I found are quite expensive. Curious if anyone has experience with other alternatives? Public transport doesn't seem practical. Suggestions or advice would be appreciated.


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      Visitng the park over Memorial Day

      by angela6571 Online Now Feb 20, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      My family would like to visit Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon over the Memorial Day weekend. I know it is on the cusp of Summer, but can anyone provide some insight if any of the roads/ares might still be closed? Also, we would like to camp, but it seems most of the campsites are first come, first serve. Does anyone have experience camping there over this holiday weekend. Are the crowds horrible? We will be arriving late Friday night from San Francisco so I'm worried it will be hard to find a campsite. We plan to extend our long weekend through Wednesday and would like to explore a lot of area. Any though, opinions, and/or suggestions are much appreciated!

      5 Answers Feb 22, 2015 at 10:13 PM
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      Sequoia april/may - 1½ day itinerary

      by mariabeeken Online Now Jan 30, 2015 at 1:47 AM

      My husband and I (35 and 45 yrs), are travelling to USA in april/maj 2015.

      On 30th of april we drive from San Francisco to Sequoia, estimated arrival late afternoon. We have booked two nights at Wuksachi Lodge. And on 1st of May we drive from Sequoia to Yosemite.

      What are the "must see's" for our stay? How would a realistic itinerary look for 1 evening, 1 hole day, and 1 morning? We want to see as much as possible.

      Are some things going to be closed when we are there (late April/beg. May)?

      Do we need to bring snowchains?

      What about box for food? (i am thinking bears here) - Do we still need that, staying at Wuksachi Lodge? If so, how and where do we rent boxes?

      Best regards


      6 Answers Jan 30, 2015 at 12:10 PM
    • Show Chain

      by kensky Online Now Oct 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      I will be travelling to Sequoia Nat Park in early November. My Question : Is it a snow chain is needed/compulsory? Thanks

      8 Answers Oct 6, 2014 at 12:40 AM
    • Sequoia or Kings Canyon?

      by jad131 Online Now Aug 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Which park would you recommend staying longer at? Sequoia or Kings Canyon?

      5 Answers Aug 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM
    • Just one day

      by Dakotasmom Online Now Jun 21, 2014 at 5:38 AM

      We are coming to SNP in August but we will only have one day there. What are the best things to do?

      3 Answers Jun 28, 2014 at 3:52 AM
    • A short trip in Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Help needed for itinerary

      by abhisheks77 Online Now Jun 7, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Next weekend (June 14th), I will be staying a night at Sequoia NP at Lodgepole CG. I will be reaching there at 11 noon on first day and will have time till next day 5 PM evening. I tried to make up a rough plan like this -

      Day-1 Start from LA at 7 AM and follow this route ==> LA - Bakersfield - Tulare - 99 - J19 (RD 80) - 180 (E Kings Canyon Road) - Grant Grove - Cedar Grove. Backtrack till Lodgepole Campground and overnight stay.
      Day-2 Packup tent and head to General Sherman Tree - Giant Forest - Mineral King and start for LA around 5 PM.

      Is there any other route, which will allow me to cover more place on first day, instead of backtrack ?
      Is it ok to follow that route, which I mentioned on both days ?
      Can I cover any other place on day-2 ?
      Or else, any other suggested itinerary, which will suite my days more ? We are not much into hiking and long tracking, but upto 3 miles rountrip is ok. We are more into scenic places and drives.

      6 Answers Jun 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM
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      Where to camp in May?

      by jessenewmarch Online Now Apr 25, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Along with a trip to Yosemite, my girlfriend and I will be stopping in Sequoia and are looking for recommendations on where to camp? Hopefully get a good close look at the famous trees (The General) as well as a day hike into the hills.


      2 Answers Apr 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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      One day in Sequoia national park

      by Nanpops Online Now Mar 9, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      In early April we are travelling from Paso Robles to Visalia where we plan to stay the night then have a full day in the park. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks

      4 Answers Mar 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM
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      Day trip into park

      by Nanpops Online Now Mar 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      What is doable in a day trip if we stay a night in Fresno and a night in Visalia in April?

      2 Answers Mar 5, 2014 at 6:27 PM
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      Best route from the coast

      by sharrison4 Online Now Jan 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      My family will be traveling up the CA coast from San Diego. Where is the best place to break off and make the trip to Sequoias? Any suggestions and advice will be super welcome!

      7 Answers Jan 11, 2014 at 4:38 PM
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      Quaint Lodging between LA and Three Rivers

      by mckinney3 Online Now Dec 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      I would rather not land in LA but I can't resist the non-stop low price fares out of Atlanta, Georgia. I want to exit LA as fast as possible but drive more than 1.5 - 2 hours to stop for the night on the way for a month long trip that will begin in Sequoia National Park (actually Silver City.) I would love to find something (B&B, Inn, Cabin) other than a chain motel along the way but it sure is not surfacing in all my research.

      Any suggestions?

      8 Answers Jan 2, 2014 at 8:04 AM
    • Vegas, Zion, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Sequoia - in 9 days?

      by Mrsgilroy Online Now Nov 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      My husband says "let's go to the Grand Canyon" for our 20th anniversary. Well in doing all my research, I learn the location (and existence!) of Sequoia and now I just can't imagine being so close and not seeing the trees...

      We fly into Vegas April 10th, arriving at 11:40am. We are to return home April 18th, leaving at 10:55pm. These are the only plans I have set so far. Got airfare from Maryland for $300 a piece.

      I've tried to map loops to keep us going in one direction without backtracking and was hoping I could figure 8 these in...

      I've even thought about flying into someplace in California and starting there...

      My initial plans were touring completely just east of Vegas, but after discovering Sequoia...
      Most years we vacation in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, so this area seems more like us than the things east of Vegas, but I also know I need to see these places during my life!

      Can they be done in 9 days without my entire family (two kids, 11 & 12 and DH) hating me from all the time on the road?

      Thank you so much for your time! I look forward to the replies!

      2 Answers Nov 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM
    • Sequoia NP in mid April

      by davis224 Online Now Mar 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      I'll be in the park April 20-21, are tire chains going to be required even if no snow is present? I'll be sticking to the Kingshighway. I'll only have an evening and morning there, planning on Giant forest and Moro Rock, anything I should know?

      1 Answer Mar 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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      Drive times Within Parks

      by mckinney3 Online Now Jan 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Actually , I am trying to decide to stay inside or outside the park. I need a handle on drive times to help me make that decision.

      So If I am 3 rivers area:
      Drive time to Ash mountain entrance?
      Drive time to Giant Forset
      Drive time to Moro Rock
      Drive time to Crescent Meadow

      So, If I am in John Muir Lodge area:
      Drive time to Grant Grove
      Drive time to Cedar Grove
      Drive time to Yosemite entrance

      1 Answer Jan 30, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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      Confused about lodging in sequoia and kings canyon NP

      by mckinney3 Online Now Jan 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      I am starting to put together an extended trip. Part of trip includes time in these parks. I completely understand within national park lodgings and accept that "it is what it is."

      However, the reviews of the best places in these parks just resound with negatives and have left my head spinning on where to stay. I will be entering from the south and will spend a couple of nights in the three rivers location to get acclimated after travel. I thought we would spend time at two locations in the park to avoid driving in and out but I can't seem to settle on anywhere because of the terrible reviews (trip advisor)

      I've figured out the hikes and the drives. So where to stay for 3 nights each?

      5 Answers Jan 2, 2014 at 1:04 AM
    • Yosemite National Park or Sequoia National Park?

      by Urbanomad Online Now Jan 10, 2012 at 7:36 AM


      I'm going with some friends on a trip in June to San Francisco and Los Angeles and we wanted to pass by one the National Parks.... we don't have many days so we want to spend 2 days at Yosemite National Park or Sequoia National Park. Can anyone that has visited these 2 Parks give me they're opinion of what which Park they recommend / prefer?

      Thanks in advance,


    • Motorcycle Trip from Death Valley (October 7 - 11)

      by scudderdan Online Now Oct 3, 2010 at 6:59 PM

      I'm riding out of Vegas on October 7th. I plan to spend a day in Death Valley (actually just a sunset and a sunrise). Then I would like to cross the Sierras into Sequoia National Park. I would like to take Sherman Pass road. Can anyone tell me what the conditions on this road are like this time of year? Also, is there fuel available on that road? (J41).

      3 Answers Oct 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM
    • Food availability

      by patbarajas1954 Online Now Aug 1, 2010 at 4:28 PM

      I understand there is a small market inside the park. Anyone know if they have fresh fruit, lunchmeat, eggs, cheese, milk and ice. Any vegetables? Smokes?

      Please email me at

      I would appreciate any other info on this small store. We have a big family and may need to add to our food supply.


      3 Answers Aug 2, 2010 at 8:25 PM
    • Looking for guidance on travelling to Sequoia and Yosemite

      by Newfoundlandgirl Online Now Jun 16, 2010 at 5:44 PM

      My husband and I are travelling to see some of the National Parks by rail this fall. We are leaving Portland OR on the 19th of October and have to be in Las Vegas on the night of the 23rd or early on the 24th. We know that some of the facilities will be closed but would like to see as much as possible. Neither one of us is a great hiker and we are trying to do as little by car as possible. Is it doable or are we just dreaming? I have figured out how to get into Yosemite (where should we stay that is not too pricey?) and we can leave by booking a train to Fresno and getting the bus out of the park. How to get to Sequoia - is my only option renting a car?

      1 Answer Jun 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM
    • Advice on Camping in the Park

      by amberwn Online Now Mar 13, 2010 at 12:38 PM

      We are staying at Dorst Campground for 1 week with a group of friends and family the end of June this year. From what we've read, all food needs to be stored in the bear containers provided by the park. However I'm now wondering if we'll have enough room in the containers to fit our dry food and coolers. Does anyone know the size of the bear containers for the campsites? It also sounded like there are a few group bear containers, and I am wondering about the size of them as well.

      Also any tips or information you can give us about camping there relating to food, would be great. We've done a lot of camping, both backpack and car, but now with kids we do mostly car camping around Las Vegas area, so food issues aren't revelant. I just want to make sure we have enough food for us for the week, and have adequate storage for our refridgeable items.

      On our campsite we'll have possibly 6 adults and 2 kids. Thanks!

      3 Answers Mar 26, 2010 at 10:47 PM
    • Las Vegas to Sequoia National

      by 12121232 Online Now Oct 28, 2009 at 4:01 PM

      I am going to be in Las Vegas for a week next week and would like to take a trip for a couple of days north or west of there. Any suggestions from anyone? We are considering Death Valley, Sequoia, or possibly California Coast. How far is it to the coast, or Sequoia?

      5 Answers Dec 7, 2009 at 7:25 AM
    • 1.5 days in Sequoia/King's Canyon - need advice

      by punkzip Online Now Jul 14, 2008 at 3:51 PM

      I am coming from Fresno and will have about 1 1/2 days to spend in Sequoia/King's Canyon. My hotel is in Three Rivers near the Sequoia entrance. I had some questions.

      In this short time, is it worthwhile to visit Grant's Grove (particularly since my hotel is near Sequoia)? I figure I can take 180 from Fresno, visit Grant's Grove, and then head through the park to Three Rivers. Or is it better just to head to Sequoia first from Fresno (is 99-198 the fastest way?) and just concentrate on Sequoia/Giant Forest, skipping King's Canyon and Grant's Grove.

      2 Answers Jul 27, 2008 at 2:20 PM
    • Easy Travel Mode to Sequoia National Park

      by YolandaHikes Online Now May 23, 2008 at 9:39 AM

      The bus picks up at different hotel locations in Visalia. As far as backpacking goes, the bus has a lot of leg room and also bike racks for any cyclists. Overall, the cost for a round-trip ticket is pretty reasonable, plus the free shuttles take you to multiple locations when inside the park.

      1 Answer May 23, 2008 at 12:03 PM
    • YMCA camps

      by danieldeleeuw Online Now Apr 20, 2008 at 1:17 AM

      I'am thinking of enrolling my son in a YMCA skate camp at Lake Sequoia. Can someone share experiences they have with YMCA camps. One of the things is that we are not religious. I' am wondering if the 'C' in YMCA is very prominent when you spend time in such a camp.

      Daniel de Leeuw

      1 Answer Aug 1, 2010 at 9:25 AM
    • Transportation to Trailhead

      by dorindagunther Online Now Mar 2, 2008 at 10:26 AM

      I am planning a lengthy backpack trip within the park in August. there will be 4 of us with packs and suitcases flying into Fresno Airport. I'm wondering if there is some shuttle service to transport us from A)airport to Cedar Grove Lodge and then B) from Cedar Grove Lodge to trailhead (Roads End) so that we don't have to leave a rental car sitting for 10 days @30/day!

      1 Answer Mar 2, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    • winter options in Sierras

      by golaso Online Now Mar 1, 2008 at 9:39 PM

      Help me decide, VT friends! Later this month, we will be leaving Yosemite on a Thursday and have an afternoon flight to catch on the following Sunday. We would like to tour the EASTERN Sierras, especially Mono Lake to Big Pine, but all passes south of Hwy 88 are likely to be closed... making for a long northerly loop via Carson Pass. Another "wanna do" is to see Sequoia & Kings Canyon NPs (a couple of days to do it justice?). Is it worth the time & effort, considering March weather, to do either? ...both? What would YOU do, within this limited timeframe? Does anyone have a good grasp on driving times to either locale (from Yosemite)? Thanks in advance!

      6 Answers Mar 5, 2008 at 2:48 AM
    • Sequoia NP vs. Redwood NP

      by memeof4 Online Now Oct 3, 2007 at 12:22 PM

      We will be in California the first week in August,2008. The main things we want to see are the big trees. We won't be able to visit both parks so, which one is best???

      4 Answers Oct 8, 2007 at 8:48 PM
    • Grand Canyon - Sequoia National Park - Distance

      by djb1973 Online Now Jan 30, 2007 at 5:29 AM

      Any help would be greatly appreciated. We are staying at the Grand Canyon - (nearest entrance from Las Vegas) and would then like to drive from the Grand Canyon to Sequoia National Park. How long would it likely take to drive?

      Then from Sequoia, how far is it back to Las Vegas.

      Thank you in advance.

      1 Answer Jan 30, 2007 at 9:48 AM