Frommer's Yosemite and Kings Canyon/Sequoia is packed with all the facts, tips, and descriptions you need to have perfect park vacation, in a pocket-sized guide: * The most memorable natural wonders, from majestic Yosemite Falls to Kings Canyon's towering sequoias. * Great places to stay in and near the parks, ranging from historic lodges to family-friendly motels, plus a complete campground guide for each park. * A fully illustrated nature guide to help you spot and identify condors, bobcats, wildflowers, and more. * The best hikes, from ranger-led interpretive walks to challenging backcountry overnights. * Detailed, accurate park and trail maps.
Table of Contents
LIST OF MAPS. 1 INTRODUCTION TO YOSEMITE AND SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS. 1 History of the Region. 2 The Parks Today. 3 The Best of Yosemite and Sequoia & Kings Canyon. 2 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO YOSEMITE AND SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS. 1 When to Go. Special Events in Yosemite. Special Events in Sequoia & Kings Canyon. 2 Entry Requirements. 3 Getting There & Getting Around. 4 Money & Costs. 5 Health. 6 Safety. 7 Specialized Travel Resources. 8 Sustainable Tourism. 9 Special-Interest Trips & Escorted General-Interest Tours. 10 Staying Connected. 11 Tips on Accommodations. 12 Special Permits & Passes. 13 Planning a Backcountry Trip. 3 EXPLORING YOSEMITE. 1 Essentials. 2 Orientation. 3 The Highlights. 4 How to See the Park in 1 or 2 Days. 5 Seeing the Park by Car & Shuttle. 6 Organized Tours & Ranger Programs. 4 HIKES & OTHER OUTDOOR PURSUITS IN YOSEMITE. 1 Day Hikes & Scenic Walks. 2 Exploring the Backcountry. 3 Other Sports & Activities. 5 WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN YOSEMITE. 1 Lodging. 2 Camping. 3 Where to Eat. 6 EXPLORING SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON. 1 Essentials. 2 Orientation. A Nearby National Monument. 3 The Highlights. 4 Explore the Inside of the Earth in Two Caves. 5 How to See the Parks in 1 or 2 Days. 6 Seeing the Parks by Car. 7 HIKES & OTHER OUTDOOR PURSUITS IN SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON. 1 Day Hikes & Scenic Walks. 2 Exploring the Backcountry. 3 Other Sports & Activities. 8 WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON. 1 Lodging. 2 Camping. 3 Where to Eat. 9 A NATURE GUIDE TO YOSEMITE AND SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS. 1 The Landscape. The Life & Times of John Muir. 2 The Flora. 3 The Fauna. 4 The Ecosystem. 10 FAST FACTS. INDEX. General Index. Accommodations Index. Restaurant Index. L I S T O F M A P S. Yosemite National Park. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Highway Access to the Parks. Yosemite Valley. Tuolumne Meadows. Wawona. Mariposa Grove. Hiking Trails near Yosemite Valley. Backcountry Hikes in Yosemite. Giant Forest. Grant Grove. Cedar Grove. Hikes near Giant Forest. Hikes near Grant Grove.
A Denver-based freelance writer, Eric Peterson has contributed to numerous Frommer's guides covering the American West, and has written Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, and Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A. Peterson also writes about travel and other topics for such publications as ColoradoBiz, Delta Sky, and the New York Daily News. In his free time, he's an avid camper and hiker, a lifelong Broncos fan, and a part-time rock star (at least in the eyes of his niece Olivia and nephews Mitch and Sam).