Sequoia National Park
Home to the largest tree in the world, the General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park has some of the most amazing Giant Sequoia trees you’ll ever see. The Giant Forest that’s a part of Sequoia National Park also includes five of the ten largest trees in the world. The age of these trees can be over 2,000 years old. Don’t let the burn marks on the trees worry you - forest fires can actually be good for the Sequoias, as they allow the trees’ cones to drop their seeds in the fresh ash bed below to create a whole new generation of giants.
The best trail to see the Sequoias is the Congress Trail, which connects to the path that goes around the General Sherman Tree. A map of the park can be found HERE. While you can see the General Sherman Tree on the map, you won’t see the Congress Trail, but it’s the only trail that directly connects to the path that goes around the Sherman Tree. The Congress Trail is about a 3 mile long loop and has several groups of the Giant Sequoias called the Senate and Congress - there’s even a tree called the President.
I’d recommend going to Sequoia National Park in the winter. There’s much, much less crowds and the snow makes it for one of the most unique winter wonderlands you’ll ever see. I’d stay at Wuksachi Lodge as it’s just down the street from the General Sherman Tree. In the winter, know that it’s a requirement to have snow chains inside your vehicle even if you have a four-wheel drive.
If you’re going in the winter, make sure to bring snow chains for your vehicle. You can buy them in town before heading up the mountain to the park.
If you can swing it, bring either microspikes or snowshoes for your boots. While you can get by without them, it’ll make getting through the snow that much easier.
While this is much less of a problem in the winter, don’t leave any food or items with a scent in your vehicle - bears live in the park.
If you don’t do anything else, be sure to hike far enough to see the group of trees known as the Senate and Congress. There will be signs in front of each group of trees letting you know you’ve reached them.