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Don
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Don from Smithtown asked

National Parks

We'll be in Sonoma for a wedding in September and would like to use the trip as a jumping point to visit a National Park or two.  We'd have about a week for the parks.  Could anyone offer some suggestions?  We will have a car but would consider flying also. We love to hike, admire vistas and hope to see an animal or two but have do not want to camp or sleep in cabins. We've been to Mt. Rainier and Olympic. Thanks

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RosalieAnn

Ok - Sonoma makes a bit more sense to visit California parks  I would be inclined to go to Yosemite Valley Visitor Center (staying at Yosemite Valley Lodge if you can get a room there - not camping) and/or Kings Canyon National Park staying at Wuksachi Lodge (Sequoia National Park is adjacent)  Also there is Big Basin State Park which we visited as a day trip on the way to San Francisco, although I think they do have camping.  Also of course there is Muir Woods National Monument and Point Reyes National Seashore (you could stay in SF or in Marin) and a bit farther south is Point Lobos State Reserve


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Don
Great. Lots of good info to research. Thanks much. How many days do you think we should allow for the visit(s)?
 

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RosalieAnn
I would think at least 2 days for Yosemite (depending on if you can get a room at the lodge), and 3 days for the ones around SF, and then 2 days around Monterey. Kings Canyon/Sequoia are close together - we did a weekend there, but we stayed in a cabin and it was wintertime so the snow was over our heads.
 
 
 

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RosalieAnn

Isn't Sedona pretty close to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Zion National Park  Why do you want to go to California?


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Don
Aargh, so sorry. I meant Sonoma, CA
 

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Ana
The government has a site https://www.parks.ca.gov which can give detailed information, Maybe you should refer to it.
 
 
 

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