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Tulare, California – Day Trip to Sequoia

Tulare California lies at the gate of the Sequoia National Park, the home to the world’s largest living thing. The Giant Sequoia trees are as tall as a 25-story building and would fill a city street with their large bases. A day trip to see these giants is a great option for Tulare families.

Tulare families head to Sequoia via Highway 99 to Highway 198. Travel east on Highway 198 through Visalia, Exeter, Lemon Cove, and Three Rivers and come to the park entrance, about 45 minutes from Tulare. From the park entrance, it is still about one hour’s drive before travelers hit the key scenes of the park.Stop for a burger at Three Rivers before heading into the park. Consider an ice cream at Reimer’s, a favorite candy shop that features homemade candies and ice cream. Fill your car up with gas before you head into the park.

One of the first sights is Moro Rock, a rock with stairs and a hand guard in which you can climb and see the Golden Trout Wilderness to the east (Sequoia’s back country) or the San Joaquin Valley below. The climb is moderate but for those on a tight schedule, climb about one-third of the way up for a great view. If you feel more adventuresome at this point, do head to the top and you will be rewarded by the view.

Near Moro Rock, follow the signs to Crescent Meadow where you will be able to take a moderate to mild hike around this gorgeous meadow. You will find a treat deep in the meadow — Tharpe’s Log, once a home to a Sequoia resident.

From Crescent Meadow, travel back towards Lodge Pole. On the way, make plenty of time to stop for pictures of your car driving under a Giant Sequoia or parked on top of one. You will also pass the world’s largest tree, the General Sherman tree. Park, walk up to the tree, and take the classic tourist pictures. Stay for a while and hike around a grove of giants. Enjoy the classic flora and fauna of Sequoia National Park.

In Lodge Pole you will find a visitor’s center with more information, fast food, and groceries. Near Lodge Pole is a nice hotel as well. As at the information center for trail head information. There are several moderate trails that start near Lodge Pole.

From Lodge Pole you can continue to Grant Grove and then exit the park via Grant Grove to Fresno. The drive is far less winding than the drive from Three Rivers. In any case, plan for a long, full day of hiking and sight-seeing to take in the wonders of the park.

Choosing the All Important Location for a School Trip

If you are trying to organise a school trip to a continental European destination you may find some of the following locations useful when making your final, all important decision on where to take students.


Spanish culture is traditionally extremely well disposed towards children of almost all ages. This makes it a near ideal destination in many respects for any type of school trip. Many such trips head towards the north east coast of Spain around the region known as Catalonia. This is a fantastic area of beaches and interesting historical cities such as Tarragona. One significant advantage of Spain is that, at the time of writing, it is one of the European destinations where students’ spending money is likely to go further than most others.

At most times of the year the weather is about as guaranteed to be good as it ever can be anywhere. Of course, in the summer months it can also be very hot – something which needs to be taken into account.


Few people anywhere on Earth are as naturally charming as the Italians. The country has a magnificent culture and historically has been at the centre of European and world events for millennia making it ideal for students to visit. But it’s not all sun baked streets and ancient ruins. For example, Lake Garda has stunning mountainous scenery and is also close to some great northern Italian cultural centres.


Along with the Republic of Ireland, France is the UK’s closest neighbour. This country has almost every conceivable type of scenery and terrain imaginable, running from the beauties of the French Alps or the Pyrenees along the Spanish border, to the green luscious hills of the Auvergne and Normandy. Not only is a school trip here likely to be able to sample some great history and culture, but it is also a fantastic opportunity for students to improve their language skills.

The Republic of Ireland

You won’t find people with a greater sense of fun than the Irish! Dublin is one of the world’s great cities, but the country also has many others that are well worth a visit including places such as Cork and Galway. The friendliness and hospitality of the locals is legendary, though, of course, not even the most patriotic Irishman would claim that the weather is predictable or guaranteed.


The Netherlands is one of Europe’s most tolerant societies and is often considered to be a model of a democratic and egalitarian state. Students will find an immense amount to do and see here, not just including the famous city of Amsterdam but also some of the other delights of this country like centres such as Leiden and Delft. One big advantage for students visiting this country is that English is widely spoken and there are strong social and historical bonds between the two countries.

This is just a small selection of some of the countries available to a typical school trip in today’s world. The one thing that it should be possible to guarantee is that students won’t find themselves bored for want of things to do in any of these or other similar destinations!