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Amazing Views
This big-thrills driving circuit starts in Sequoia
National Park and cruises through California's
greatest hits-Yosemite National Park, Lake
Tahoe, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mount
Shasta, and the Redwood Coast-with each stop
maxing out the "wow" factor.

HUMBOLDT
REDWOODS
STATE PARK

EVERITT MEMORIAL
SCENIC DRIVE

Start your trip in Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest, where no
one walks away unimpressed. Giant sequoias, the world's biggest
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trees, have been holding court in this grove for a few thousand years.
Most are broad enough to dwarf your living room, maybe even your
whole house. Walk among the titans on the Congress Trail and snap a
selfie with the General Sherman; its 102-foot circumference makes it
the world's largest tree by volume. Then cruise north on the Gener-

LASSEN VOLCANIC
NATIONAL PARK

als Highway to Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. Pay your
respects to the General Grant Tree, the second largest in the world (or
third, depending on how you measure trunk and limb volume).
Your next stop requires a half-day drive, so spend the night in a
Grant Grove Cabin, then get up early. Enter Yosemite National Park
from the south (Highway 41) and make a beeline for Glacier Point,
known as "the grandest view in the West." Walk a few steps from the
parking lot to this incredible vista, which takes in all of Yosemite Valley's major granite landmarks, including Half Dome's iconic profile and

EMERALD BAY STATE PARK
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
YOSEMITE FALLS

shimmering Vernal and Nevada Falls. Sunset is prime time for photographers when Half Dome turns rosy pink, but even at midday you can
capture stunning compositions. Between shots, consider hiking a mile

TUOLUMNE MEADOWS
GLACIER
POINT

or two on the Panorama Trail.

MONO LAKE TUFA STATE
NATURAL RESERVE

It's practically a crime to spend less than a full day in the Valley,
so be sure to have a reservation at Yosemite Valley Lodge (book way
in advance), with direct views of the 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls. The

SEQUOIA
NATIONAL PARK

next day, grab a coffee and hit the road to photo-worthy Tuolumne
Meadows. This subalpine meadow runs for more than two miles along

1915, but the park's volcanic drama happens daily. Snap sizzling imag-

the Tuolumne River, bounded by lofty granite domes and peaks. Walk

es of the bubbling cauldrons at Devils Kitchen, a 4.2-mile, moderate

up Pothole Dome to capture a wide-angle view, then drive across the

round-trip hike leading to steam vents and boiling pools. Or nab shots

Sierra Nevada's rooftop at 9,943-foot Tioga Pass. (Note: closed during

of the steaming Sulphur Works and cobalt-blue Lake Helen, then exit

winter.) The road curlicues downhill to Lee Vining, where an ancient

the park's north side and head for an even bigger volcano-Mount

saline lake looms so large in your windshield that it seems like an in-

Shasta, the hulking grande dame of Northern California peaks. The

land ocean. Get a closer look at Mono Lake and its strange tufa forma-

volcanic cone's massive girth is even more daunting than its height,

tions with a shoreline walk at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve.

which soars to 14,179 feet. Take the 14-mile Everitt Memorial Scenic

PHOTOGRAPH: NOBLIGE

Head north on U.S. 395 and snake through the twisty Walker River

Drive from Mount Shasta (the city) for photo ops and hiking trails.

Canyon to Monitor Pass, Markleeville, and finally Lake Tahoe. Pack it

Get a good night's rest in Mount Shasta before driving your last

in for the night in South Lake Tahoe, then drive along the lake's west

big stint to the Redwood Coast. A half day behind the wheel gets you

shore the next morning. Slow down at Inspiration Point for a world-

to Humboldt Redwood State Park, where 300-foot-plus redwoods

class view of Emerald Bay and Tahoe's only island, Fannette. Hustling

blot out the sky. Cruise the Avenue of the Giants, stopping for walks

north, get to Lassen Volcanic National Park just before the sun sets.

among the cathedral-like Founder's Grove and Rockefeller Grove.

You'll want to see this spectacular park in daylight, so stay overnight

Nothing can make you feel humbler than standing in the company of

in Mineral and plan on an early bird start. Lassen Peak last erupted in

2,000-year-old trees.

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