Looking up at General Shermanthe world's largest tree. General Sherman, 275 feet tall and with a trunk circumference of more than 100 feet, is the main attraction in Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest, which contains five of the world's ten largest trees. Sequoia sits side by side with Kings Canyon National Park at the southern end of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range and together the two comprise some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the American West.
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Golden plains and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains in Kings Canyon National Park
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In spring and summer, Kings Canyon's Zumwalt Meadows are carpeted with wildflowers like this tiger lily.
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Sunlight streaming through a grove of sequoias
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Known for giant sequoias, the Sierra and Kings Canyon National Parks are rich in arboreal diversity. The rare foxtail pine is found in the parks' subalpine regions, often at or near the tree line.
Looking down on Hamilton Lake and Valhalla Cliffs from the High Sierra Trail
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A Sequoia sunrise
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Striated granite walls, carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, rise above Precipice Lake in Sequoia National Park.
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Looking out over Kings Canyon's West Kennedy Lake
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The sun sets on a hazy day in Sequoia National Park.