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Discover Winter Wonder at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

February 15, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

In the midst of clear skies and statuesque tree groves, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks come alive in the winter. Arguably one of the most beautiful seasons in the parks, winter is primetime for enjoying special activities and accommodation packages created to help visitors make the most of the snowy season.

For adults looking to marvel at the parks’ beautiful scenery via hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, Kings Canyon offers destinations like Grant Grove and Horse Corral Meadow, while Sequoia provides a backdrop of must-sees like Round Meadow, the General Sherman Tree, the Crescent Trail and the Congress Trail. Equipment rentals are included in several winter deals. Guests at Sequoia’s Wuksachi Lodge or Kings Canyon’s John Muir Lodge can take advantage of the Sierra Snowshoe Package, which includes accommodations, breakfast and snowshoe rentals for two starting at $159. The Deluxe Winter Explorer Package starts at $205 and features overnight accommodations at Wuksachi Lodge, a one-day snowshoe or cross-country ski rental, a logo backpack, water bottles and a winter trail map.

Families can forge memories and have a blast playing in the snow at the Big Stump and Columbine snow play areas near Grant Grove Village in Kings Canyon or the Wolverton snow play area close to Sequoia’s Wuksachi Lodge. Wuksachi Lodge and John Muir Lodge also have a sweet-meets-snowy Stay ‘N Snow Play Package. This fun deal starts at $169 and includes an overnight stay, breakfast, a souvenir snow disc and a “Sno-baller” for rosy-cheeked snow play. Before setting a date for your winter escape or day trip, check with the Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park for recommendations on safety tips and best areas for snow.

Bed & Breakfast Packages at both Wuksachi Lodge and John Muir Lodge offer an overnight stay and breakfast for two starting from $135 and provide the perfect starting point for unique park activities. At John Muir Lodge, guests can convene around the roaring lobby fireplace, tell stories, play games and interact with key figures important to the parks’ history through the Sequoia Natural History Association’s Living History program. Wuksachi Lodge’s Sequoia Sightseeing Tour Package takes visitors on a beautiful half-day tour through landmarks including the Giant Forest Museum, the General Sherman Tree, Round Meadow, Long Meadow and the Tokopah Valley, starting at $239.

No one can deny there’s a certain romance about the snow, so Sequoia and Kings Canyon are perfect locations for a rustic couples’ getaway. The Romance Package, available starting at $215 at Wuksachi Lodge and $209 at John Muir Lodge; offers an overnight stay, keepsake wine glasses, local chocolate truffles and a $50 dinner credit. Couples can also cozy up under the stars with the Night Sky Package. This stellar package includes overnight accommodations at Wuksachi lodge, an astronomy wheel, a flashlight, a souvenir throw blanket and a recycled materials tote bag, starting at $175.

Even in the midst of winter, it’s never too early to begin planning for an adventure-filled summer. Booking is now open for Bearpaw High Sierra Camp, which takes guests on an 11.5-mile trek into the Sierra mountains to reach a cozy camp nestled amidst the trees and overlooking the Great Western Divide. Bearpaw features six tented cabins with wood floors, canvas walls and two twin beds with bedding provided; an onsite bathroom with showers, flush toilets and hot water; and daily homestyle breakfasts and dinners. The camp is open June 14-Sept. 21, weather permitting, and reservations can be booked online or by calling 866-807-3598.

For those eager to enjoy Sequoia and Kings Canyon in the spring, the Early Bird Spring Offer is the perfect opportunity to secure the best lodging and the best deal. Guests who book an April 1 through June 5 stay by March 1 will receive breakfast for two and a free seven-day park pass. Midweek spring rates begin at just $135 with promo code EARLYBIRD.

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