9 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

9 days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Start: Kansas City
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  8 h 15 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
3
Truckee
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Kansas City

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Generals Hwy and Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. Escape the urban bustle at Grant Grove and Roaring River Falls. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip site.

Kansas City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Kansas City in May, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and Panorama Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 8.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the bus to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 15th (Sat), hike along Eagle Falls Trail, admire all the interesting features of Inspiration Point Vista, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Truckee online travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Truckee takes 5.5 hours. In May in Truckee, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 31°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Scenic Drive Adventure

Side Trip

Tahoe City
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River Rafting & Tubing
Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge ©
Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge

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