California’s redwood and sequoia forests: Where to go and what to know

March 9, 2012
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GETTING THERE

United offers nonstop flights from BWI Marshall or Dulles to San Francisco and back to either airport from Los Angeles with mid-April fares currently starting at $360 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Mill Valley Inn

165 Throckmorton Ave.

Mill Valley, Calif.

415-389-6608

www.marinhotels.com/mill-valley-inn

Cozy but sophisticated hotel overlooks a grove of coast redwoods in the closest town to Muir Woods National Monument. Rooms from $169.

Wawona Hotel

8308 Wawona Rd.

Yosemite National Park

866-913-1280

www.yosemitepark.com

A National Historic Landmark near the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees. The hotel’s complex of several grand white buildings offers comfort without too much distraction (no television or telephones in the guest rooms). Reopens for the season March 30. Rooms from $230.

Wuksachi Lodge

64740 Wuksachi Way

Sequoia National Park

888-252-5757

www.visitsequoia.com/lodging.aspx

A group of modern buildings in a spectacular mountain setting near giant sequoia tree forests. Spacious rooms from $121.

WHERE TO EAT

Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante

22 Miller Ave., Mill Valley

415-388-2000

www.piazzadangelo.com

Serves authentic Italian food for dinner in a stylish and friendly atmosphere. Entrees start at about $13.

Wawona Hotel Dining Room

8308 Wawona Rd.

209-375-1425

www.yosemitepark.com

Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a lovely setting overlooking green meadows. Entrees start at about $7 for lunch and about $17 for dinner.

Wuksachi Dining Room

559-565-4070

www.visitsequoia.com/dining.aspx

Enjoy views of the giant sequoias over breakfast, lunch or dinner. Lunch entrees start at about $5, dinner entrees at about $16.

WHAT TO DO

Muir Woods National Monument

Mill Valley

415-388-2596

www.nps.gov/muwo

Hours vary by season. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. mid-March through mid-September. 16 and older $7, younger than 16 free. Annual pass $20.

Yosemite National Park

209-372-0200

www.nps.gov/yose

Open 24 hours a day, year-round. Entrance fees for up to seven days: $20 per vehicle or $10 per person for individuals entering the park on foot or bicycle. Group rates available for organized tours. Annual pass $40.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

47050 Generals Hwy.

Three Rivers

559-565-3341

www.nps.gov/seki

Formerly two separate parks, now operated as one. The Giant Forest grove in the Sequoia area is home to the largest tree on Earth: the General Sherman tree, about 275 feet tall and about 100 feet around. Open all day, every day. Entrance fees for up to seven days: $20 per vehicle or $10 per person for individuals on foot or bicycle. Group rates available for organized tours. Annual pass $30.

INFORMATION

www.nps.gov

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