Visitors who want to gaze up at the magnificent trees in Sequoia National Park have multiple options for camping, and there are a number of lodges, inns and upscale camps nearby as well. They make a perfect base for exploring the more than 30 lesser-known Sequoia groves that are protected within Giant Sequoia National Monument as well as the famous more than 1,500-year-old General Grant tree, the third largest known tree on Earth. Book one of these top options for an especially unforgettable trip.
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Wuksachi Lodge (Prices & Photos)
Located inside Sequoia National Park, the Wukachi Lodge blends perfectly with the beautiful mountain scenery. The cedar-and-stone main building has an inviting lobby, a sit-down restaurant with treetop views and outstanding meals, as well as extra-spacious accommodations, while deer are frequently seen roaming across the grounds. There’s also an on-site amphitheater, the perfect spot for watching the star-filled sky after dark and roasting marshmallows. The 102 rooms are spread across three buildings and include mini-fridges, coffeemakers with coffee, flat-screen TVs and ski racks along with all the essentials. Families will want to book one of the Superior rooms which accommodate up to six guests.
Silver City Mountain Resort (Prices & Photos)
Just four miles from the park in Mineral King Valley, this family-owned historical retreat offers a wide range of accommodation options that are ideal for families, including private chalets that range in size from 720 to over 1,500 square feet, all boasting dazzling views of the surrounding mountain peaks with amenities like stone fireplaces, outdoor fire pits and fully-equipped kitchens. Romance-seeking couples might book the secluded Honeymoon cabin which features a queen-sized bed, a kitchen and a large deck where you can cozy up together and enjoy the spectacular view. Families have options like the Sawtooth, the largest of the chalets and most luxurious, with 1,500-square-feet of living space across two floors, including a kitchen and fireplace.
The property also features an onsite restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, including famous homemade pies, campfire rings with wood included, outdoor decks, a convenience store and Internet access.
The Log House Lodge (Prices & Photos)
Just a 10-minute drive to the park, the Log House Lodge is a log cabin filled with antique furnishings and a cozy wood-burning stove that offers a relaxing getaway just above Three Rivers village. When you aren’t exploring the park, enjoy unwinding on the front deck in the log rocking chair enjoying the sounds of the river, play one of the board games or just unwind with a good book. There’s also an onsite screening room for movies. A variety of room options are available, including the Pioneer Suite, ideally for families accommodating up to six, complete with a fully-equipped kitchen that includes a variety of breakfast foods.
Sequoia High Sierra Camp (Prices & Photos)
Sequoia High Sierra Camp is one of the best glamping spots in California, offering the joys of camping in the wilderness with none of the inconvenience. It features 30 luxurious canvas cabins that are accessed via a 1.5-mile hike from the parking lot. There is a central bathhouse with flush toilets and hot showers as well as an alfresco dining pavilion with a fireplace and a yoga pavilion. Three meals (utilizing local, sustainable ingredients) are included daily in the rates: a mountain breakfast buffet, a pack-your-own picnic lunch and an upscale yet casual dinner. The cabins include artisan furniture, a seating area with a coffee table and chairs, bedside tables with lanterns and either a king-size or twin-size beds with down feather pillows and plush-top mattresses along with wool blankets and high-end linens.
Sequoia Village Inn (Prices & Photos)
Tucked within the hillside in the village of Three Rivers at the entrance to Sequoia National Park near the Kaweah River, the Sequoia Village Inn is made up of 10 unique, distinctly styled private cabins and cottages ranging from one queen bed to multiple bedroom cabins. Each cabin has personal outdoor space and a barbecue, and some come with a fireplace too. Spa services are available for a little pampering, and guests can also enjoy swimming in the outdoor pool or splashing around in the river with the property offering riverfront access. There’s also a climbing dome for the kids, a fitness center and free Wi-Fi.
Rio Sequoia River House (Prices & Photos)
Located along the river in the village of Three Rivers, just over five miles from the Sequoia National Parks Ash Mountain Entrance, the Rio Sequoia River House hosts five uniquely decorated guestrooms, all with DVD players, refrigerators, coffeemakers and bathrooms with high-end toiletries as well as complimentary bottled water and Wi-Fi. The grounds have a private beach, picnic area, garden and terrace for enjoying the picturesque views. For an additional charge, guests can enjoy continental breakfast and take advantage of the shuttle which operates within a three-mile radius.
Buckeye Tree Lodge (Prices & Photos)
This two-story lodge is just a quarter-mile from the park entrance, and with only a dozen rooms, you’ll have to book well in advance to secure one. All come with patios that face a grassy lawn along the banks of the Kaweah River. They include flat-screen televisions with satellite channels and DVD players, kitchens or kitchenettes and Internet access. A complimentary breakfast basket is provided each day complete with juices, fruit and homemade muffins. There’s also an outdoor pool for swimming and opportunities for fishing.
Sequoia River Dance Bed and Breakfast (Prices & Photos)
This cozy bed and breakfast lies adjacent to a mountain stream, seven miles from the park and two miles from downtown Three Rivers. The Slick Rock recreation area is only a mile away, providing access to Kaweah River as well as hiking trails to Kaweah Lake. Its rooms are all en-suite and individually decorated, some featuring either day beds or antique brass beds and all with water or mountain views along with free Wi-Fi. Enjoy a full country breakfast every morning, served on the riverside patio or in the fireside dining room. The property also has a communal living room with a big-screen TV and a DVD library.