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Driving from Sequoia to Disneyland

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Driving from Sequoia to Disneyland

Hi. We'll be spending a few days in Sequoia/Kings Canyon in July, then will be driving to Disneyland for the rest of our vacation. Mapquest says it will be about a five hour drive. Is there anything worth seeing along the drive? Any suggestions for stops along the way? I'll be with my husband and two boys (7 and 10), so we're definitely not planning on driving the five hours straight! Thanks.

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1. Re: Driving from Sequoia to Disneyland

Well, to me, there's not much to see between Sequoia and Disneyland, but others may think otherwise. Mapquest may say 5 hours, but that will depend on the day you are traveling and what time you hit the L.A. area. I would guess travel time would be more like 6 hours under normal traffic conditions.

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2. Re: Driving from Sequoia to Disneyland

No, there really isn't much to see, sorry. You'll be driving through a lot of farm land, mostly almond groves & vineyards. It's a good idea to try to time it to avoid the worst traffic. I would try to get into the LA area either between 10 AM to 2 PM or anytime after 7:30 PM.

You might want to take a break at Fort Tejon:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=585

I've never actually stopped there, sorry, but I'm sure someone here can tell you whether it's worth a stop.

You could also stop in Hollywood & walk around there for awhile, but it's only an hour from Anaheim (Disneyland), at that point.

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It always depends upon personal interest but a few things might include:

Exeter - the small town of Exeter between Visalia and Three Rivers has a collection of nearly 30 public murals.

http://www.exeterchamber.com/mural_tour.html

Visalia - A short drive down Mooney Blvd takes you to a park where the the only full sized casting of the original End of the Trail statue sits. The original used to be located here but is now in a museum in Oklahoma. www.flickr.com/photos/duddyd2003/3879028792/

Also in Visalia is a nice children's science museum.

http://www.imagineumuseum.org/

Tulare - There is an antique farm equipment museum and a childrens hands-on museum about agriculture.

heritagecomplex.com/Antique-Museum/index.htm

www.heritagecomplex.com/AgVentures/index.htm

Bakersfield - Kind of goofy but maybe the kids might enjoy seeing a shoe shaped building used by a store called Big Shoe Repair.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10289

Also in Bakersfield there is a small zoo and native plant garden.

http://www.calmzoo.org/

About 10 miles west of Bakersfield is a state park with a large free-roaming herd of Tule Elk. Most state residents are not even aware of it.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=584

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4. Re: Driving from Sequoia to Disneyland

Thanks for the info. Our trip starts tomorrow and this will be helpful.

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5. Re: Driving from Sequoia to Disneyland

And, after the Tule Elk, you get Frazier Park/higher altituds/Fort Tejon and then a "teaser" amusement park (Magic Mountain, off to your right.)

You'll still be outside of L.A. at that point (an amazing freeway experience, where you go downhill steeply with 4 total lanes of traffic - the northbound people on your right at one point, as it is so steep - for a freeway).

You'll then drive through the San Fernando Valley, past downtown L.A. (the model for autopia) and when you get to Disneyland Resort, be sure and check out California adventure - most of it will now look familiar.

Oh, and to your right, as you come through the Tejon pass/Grapevine is the San Andreas fault - you'll be on the Atlantic plate the whole time, while we coastal dwellers are on the Pacific plate.

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6. Re: Driving from Sequoia to Disneyland

This might be a little late but I'd add that Visalia was one of 6 finalists among US cities under 150,000 people in the "Best For Food" category in the recent Rand McNally/USAToday Best of the Road contest.

www.bestoftheroad.com/town.do…

Also one of the 6 finalists for "Best For Food" from California was Costa Mesa.

The contest is also judging other finalist towns in other categories including Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, and Friendliest.

The winning towns will be announced next week.

Edited: 16 July 2011, 20:23
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