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About Me & My Family

My husband and I have 4 kids... 3 boys and then our girl. We homeschool them all and travel when possible. We just started letterboxing and are finding ourselves a little obsessed with it.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, structured, relaxed, simple, independent, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Point Magu State Beach
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Camping in Kings Canyon or Yosemite
A Place We'd Love To Visit
The Redwoods in Northern California
Favorite Vacation Memory
Walking the meadows of Yosemite with my family. The quiet, the sparkling water, the rustling grasses, and a dip in the river made for an amazing day.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Anytime throw up is involved. Especially when one kid triggers another. And when we are in the car. And when they choose to use the box that is holding all their library books and toys.
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Best family activities Grant Grove Kings Canyon NP

The Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks is an area full of hiking trails, giant sequoia groves, Visitor centers, stores, ranger led activities, camping, lodging and more.  Here is a list of some key ones you don't want to miss.Photo by: Flickr/Troy Cawley


Kings Canyon National Park
Kings Canyon National Pk, California

Visiting the General Grant Tree is on the top of most visitors lists as it is one of the world's largest living trees and it is also known as the Nation's Christmas Tree.


83918 Grant Grove Dr
Kings Canyon National Pk, California

This visitor center, also known as the "Kings Canyon Visitor Center" gives visitors lots of information on the geology and wildlife of the area. It has a special room that is the inside shape of the trunk of a sequoia and gives one a clear view of how large these giants are.

reviewed on: June 11 2010

"Great stop"
If you are traveling in the Grant Grove area of Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, this is one of the first major stops you can make, and should make.  Lodging and campgrounds are near by.  If your destination is farther into Kings Canyon or Hume Lake, this makes for a good potty stop and place to get information.  

The first thing we always notice is how wonderful it smells here.  The trees and sage bushes blend with the clean air for a delightful experience.  The visitor center provides hands on learning and great exhibits about the massive sequoia trees and the Sierra.  There is a fun gift shop across the street and a place to get a snack.  Many trails start here as well.  There is often a lot of car traffic, but the rest of this area is relatively quiet.


Big Stump Basin
Kings Canyon National Pk, California

This loop trail is a great way to understand the history of the logging of the area that took place in the 19th century. Many giant sequoia trunks are waiting to be discovered and even climbed upon.


Grant Grove
Kings Canyon National Pk, California

Hiking to the top of this 7,500 foot ridge gives one a bird's eye view of Kings Canyon, the Sierra, Hume Lake and more.


Grant Grove
Kings Canyon National Pk, California

Take this quiet trail in the General Grant tree area for a walk among the giant sequoia trees.


64144 Hume Lake Road
Hume, California

Stop first at the Administration Building for information on seasonal activities that visitors can enjoy such as boating, swimming, high ropes course, adult Bible teaching, kids camps and more. Enjoy a burger and shake at the Snack Shop and enjoy the beautiful view of Hume Lake and Kings Canyon beyond.

reviewed on: June 10 2010

"Greatest place"
This is my absolute favorite place in California... maybe on planet earth!  The beauty of the blue lake set in the midst of the tall pines and the tall mountains that form the edge of Kings Canyon make it a feast for the eyes.  Many kids come here during the summer for summer camps where they learn about Jesus in the Bible.  Nothing could be better than that.

Our family has camped in the campgrounds on the north side of the lake (Hume Lake Campground) and then enjoyed the food at the snack shop, the boat rentals and the cove (the southeast side of the lake).

Adults can attend the free Lakeview chapel services during the week and you can sign your young kids up for day camp.  If you can send your kids here for a week of summer camp (3rd grade through high school) it's even better.

This is the greatest place ever!


California 180
Kings Canyon National Pk, California

A full service lodge.


83918 Grant Grove Dr.
Kings Canyon National Pk, California

Rustic cabin style lodging.


Highway 180
Kings Canyon National Pk, California

One of several campgrounds in the area. This location is open year round.