Every year as summer starts to heat up, we start thinking about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. They're a great alternative to more-crowded Yosemite and in summer, everything is in full swing. The road to Kings Canyon is open, they're firing up the barbecues at Wolverton and high country camps Bearpaw and Sequoia High Sierra Camp open for visitors.
In 1891, John Muir wrote about Kings Canyon, saying: "In the vast Sierra wilderness far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is a yet grander valley of the same kind." In this double park, you'll also find 36 groves of giant sequoia trees and the three largest trees on earth.