Visit National Parks Near Our Hanford Apartments
March 21, 2019

Visit National Parks Near Our Hanford Apartments

Your apartment home in Hanford is near not one, but two national parks. Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park lie side by side and provide mountains, canyons, caverns, and forests with the world's largest trees.

You can easily take an exciting day trip to the parks and once you pay them a visit, you'll crave more and more adventures. There are plenty to have, so we're covering the highlights.

Getting There

Head east for an hour on highway 198 and it'll take you right to the Foothills Visitor Center. From there, it's not far to General's Highway which will take you to everything you want to see.

Between May 24 and September 9, you can drive to Visalia and ride the shuttle to the park. There are several hotels where you can be picked up; make reservations ahead of time. The cost is only $15 round trip and includes your entry fee. In addition, there are several free shuttle routes within the park. 

Entry

It's $20 for individual entry to the parks or $35 covers everyone in a car. Both of these passes are valid for 7 days. You can also purchase an annual pass that covers entry to both Sequoia and Kings Canyon for a whole year; this pass is $60. Finally, the America the Beautiful Pass includes entry to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites in the United States for only $80. 

There are several days with free entry in 2019: April 20, May 5, August 25, September 28, and November 11. 

Things to Do

The trails in the foothills are open for hiking year round. You'll also want to spend a lot of time exploring the groves. The star of the forest is the General Sherman Tree, the largest living sequoia. You should also stop by the Giant Forest Museum. If you have enough time, go on a tour of Crystal Cave. There are also places to go fishing; make sure you have a fishing license before you go. In the summertime there are two horse stables where you can take horseback tours. 

The parks are close enough to Hanford that you can take a day trip. However, if you want an extended adventure, there are several campgrounds to choose from.

 

Your apartment home at River Oaks is near dining, shopping, and entertainment. If you love nature, being only an hour from national parks is also a huge perk. If you're looking for a new place to call home, contact us to schedule a tour of our community.