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LA or SF to go to Sequoia NP for Labor Day

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LA or SF to go to Sequoia NP for Labor Day

Which airport would you suggest for getting to SNP? The plan is to fly into LAX or SFO, then drive to SNP and spend two nights. Then drive back.

I know its probably about the same, but what are the cons and pros? Especially considering labor day weekend?

thank you!

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1. Re: LA or SF to go to Sequoia NP for Labor Day

It is a toss up however Oakland or San Jose airports would save you at least an hour over SFO

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2. Re: LA or SF to go to Sequoia NP for Labor Day

You don't indicate where you are flying from, but price flights into Fresno also. It is possible to find fares similar to the other airports. The Fresno airport would then be only about a 1 hour drive to the Grant Grove entrance gate.

I'm not sure of your plans for lodging or camping, but hotels in/near the park are already booked up for that weekend. The same applies for campsites that take reservations. Be sure to line up some place quickly.

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3. Re: LA or SF to go to Sequoia NP for Labor Day

It's been a few years but Fresno Facts is correct.

As far as campsites Those at the end of Kings Canyon are the last to fill. It is at least an hours drive from KC entrance. It's a lovely area with a great drive through the canyon, waterfalls,caves, great hiking etc but alas no Sequoia trees.

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4. Re: LA or SF to go to Sequoia NP for Labor Day

flying from east coast - burning some left over miles and expiring certs.

I checked the connections to Fresno and others and didnt find a working one so far. Thinking of leaving at 6am, so will be in LA/SF at 9, and then drive on

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5. Re: LA or SF to go to Sequoia NP for Labor Day

Regarding lodging - I think we will camp in a tent, from what I saw no reservation is required for that. Just find a parking spot near camping area.

We would spend second half of saturday just wondering/resting, sunday perhaps small hikes, and monday drive around and back to airport for red-eye home. Mini-trip of sorts.

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6. Re: LA or SF to go to Sequoia NP for Labor Day

If you are arriving in the park midday on Saturday it may be too late to find a camping site. Unreserved campsites will start to fill late Thursday and on Friday as visitors drive up for the long holiday weekend from all over California.

There is no dispersed camping (setting up wherever you want) within the National Parks so you would need to find a developed campground if you are within the National Park boundaries. You can't just park next to the road and set up a tent.

An option if everything in the National Park is filled when you arrive might be the National Forest areas adjacent to the park boundaries. The National Forest has developed campsites as well as allowing dispersed camping. You might review this information to be familiar with alternative camping areas in the National Forest surrounding the National Park.

…usda.gov/recarea/…

I don't know if you are travelling with your gear or planning to rent it when you arrive. If you need camping equipment rentals you can find that in Three Rivers and Fresno or possibly in Visalia.

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