Here’s an easy way to create a lifelong passion for the outdoors: Blow your mind on a slice of crazy-cool scenery. The Grand Canyon will do it. So will a geyser in Yellowstone. Or a never-ending ridgeline in the San Juans. Or the world’s largest trees.
Sequoia National Park’s namesakes can grow taller than the Statue of Liberty. Some of them have trunks that are wider than city streets. All you have to do is walk among these heaven-kissing trees and you’ll know that nature is her own best architect, says reader Kenna Watkins.
For the best introduction, check out the 7-mile Giant Forest Loop. Pass the world’s largest tree by volume—275-foot General Sherman—before even leaving the parking lot, then shake the crowds. Plan to linger in the Senate Group and the Giant Forest, both groves of particularly massive sequoias. Continue on to Tharp’s Log, a giant, hollow sequoia trunk that’s been repurposed as a cabin and serves as a nice place to massage the kinks out of your neck.
Season Summer through early fall Permit None