» US, California: Sequoia National Park – Home to Massive Trees
US, California: Sequoia National Park – Home to Massive Trees
California is a country in the southwest coast in the US. Many foreign and domestic tourists are lured to this state. There is the wild Pacific Ocean coastline, interesting cities and towns and other amazing places created by nature. Mt. Whitney (4421 m) is the highest mountain of the Sierra Nevada moutain range stretching in the south of California. Mt Whitney is the highest mountain of continental United States. Some areas in California are national park or nature reserves.
One of them is Sequoia national park, the second oldest one in the country (next to Yellowstone National Park). In the north, the park borders with Kings Canyon park. Formally, the constitue one national park. Road No 198 interconnects both national parks. It is called Generals Highwa which is the only main road which runs through Sequoia national park. Forest consists of majority of the park's area. You can't drive through the park. This makes it very suitable for alpine tourists. Or you can rent a horse here. Teh forest is home to many wild animals - bears included so be careful. There are several camps. There are boards in these camps noticing when a bear last visited.
Sequoia National Park is famous for local giants – giant seqoias the largest trees in the world. They remain green entire year and can be as old as 2000 years. Their reproduction is very interesting - they need fire so their seeds could grow. Small vegetation burns down and seqoia seeds can grow to a tree.
Giant Forest is a popular part of the park. There are five of ten highest trees in the world (as for their volume). The most famous one is General Sherman. It is 83 meteters high. Its trunk diameter is over 30 meters. A man looks really small and vulnerable. Everyday, crowds of tourists come here to admire it.
Tunnel Log is other very popular place. In 1937, huge seqoia - 84 meters long and 6 meter thick - fell across a road. Park rangers decided to not to remove it. They rather cut a tunnel through it.
Mt. Whitney is the highest mountain situated outside park's border. It takes several days to climb it up. 50-km High Sierra Trail gets you there from Giant Forest. It goes uphill through forests and meadows. There are several hot springs along the way such asKern Hot Spring. The trail meets the famous Pacific Crest Trail on Mount Whitney. Pacific Crest continies to Kings Canyon.
The main scenic point is Moro Rock. You shouldn't miss this one. The scenic point is right on the top of the rock at the end of stairs. Moro Rock is allegedly the highest monolith in the world and the vistas from up there are amazing. One could sit there and just watch for a long long time.
Crystal Rock is another interesting place. It is the only cave in the park area which is open to the public. Other caves are accessible to researches only.
In my opinion, the park is amazing and won't disappoint you.
GPS: 36°29'09.6"N 118°33'56.2"W
Text and photos: Martina Brožková
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Today we will visit Fresno again. We will tell you where to go for culture, because perhaps there is no city more in favor of culture in the United States. After all, there are more than a hundred nationalities, making it perhaps the most ethnically diversified city in the US after the largest cities like, for instance, New York.
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Less than a hundred kilometers north of the famous and popular San Francisco, lies a city of 150,000 inhabitants, famous for the North Bay region and the Napa and Sonoma wine regions.
Today we will visit sunny California again and look at one of the lesser known cities. Most of you will certainly think of metropolises like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego or smaller cities like Santa Barbara, Fresno or Sacramento.
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When we say California, each of us imagines the sun, the beaches, Hollywood or Disneyland. Today we look at two California cities together. First we take a tour of the city of San Diego and then we move to relax inland, following the example of Hollywood stars in the town of Palm Spings.
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We probably all know the city of sin and gambling. The truth is, I've probably never visited a crazier city, but I'd definitely like to go back one day. If you can stare at an area with your mouth open unnoticed, it's in Las Vegas.
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Since we've walked the Walk of Fame and taken a photo with the words Hollywood, we're heading from the Hollywood hills to the Pacific Ocean and the LA coast this time. If you like swimming or have surfed, these places will be an ideal attraction for you. But that's not all, the entertainment offer is much wider here, so let's visit Malibu and Santa Barbara together.
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The city's name sounds interesting, curiosity has not allowed us to miss what it means. The name originates neither in English nor in the native Native American Yokut and Miwok tribes, as is common throughout America but in Spanish. Fresno means ash because ash is the most common tree lining the San Joaquin River, which flows into the Gulf of Suisun.
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Great drought, desert landscape, high temperatures - we are in Death Valley national park. It is best to being at a visitor center - there you can get the most important information, map, good advice, and buy the much needed water. There are several visitor centers in the park.
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Before we continue in our tour across super fast rollercoasters we tell you how much this fun costs. And sometimes it is even hard to believe what the park actually tries to sell its customers.
Yosemite National park i sone of the parks in the territory of the Sierra Nevada mountain range (California) It is considered an important park yet i tis ot the oldest one. Also, i tis under UNSECO World Heritage protection, it was listed in 1984. Every year, many tourists go there, mostly in summer. Therefore, it is for the better to do many things in advance. Mostly mountain climbers from all around the world go there as well as people who simply love nature.
Yosemite valley (situated in the area of the park of the same name) is encircled by grey granite rocks rising atop thick forest. El Capitan is the most well-known granite massif. This rock is a place where amazing climbers from all around the world come to. The Nose is the most famous climbing trail. Half Dome is the second most well-known summit. Its name comes after its shape.