Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #42: Joshua Tree

Skull Rock.  Joshua Tree National Park.  California.  August 2013

Overview of Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern of California. It has been named after the trees native to the park- Joshua tree-. The park was marked as a national monument in 1936. It was declared a US National Park in 1994. Its elevation as a national park saw it being added 234,000 acres of land. This makes a total of 790,636 acres of land. There are rock formations in the park that were formed more than 100 years ago.

 Top Attractions

Black Rock Camp Ground
This is one of the nine camping grounds in this National Park. This particular camping ground has some of the latest amenities such as provision of water and flush toilets. There is a small fee payable for the camping ground.

Hidden Valley
This is one of the walking paths in the park. The short stretch of this trail allows you to view the beauty of the park without walking too much.

The California Tree Frog
This is where you can view some of the wildlife in the park. The site is located at the northern edge of the park.

Barker Dam
It was built to provide water for cattle and also for mining use. Nowadays it is being used to attract wildlife.

How to get to Joshua Tree National Park

Palm Springs International Airport is the nearest airport for visitors coming with airplanes. Also if you were to get here by train, Palm Springs is still the nearest city with an Amtrak station.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #41: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

General Sherman.  Sequoia National Park.  December 2013.

Overview of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is one of the national parks in the United States. Initially the park was administered separately as Sequoia Park and Kings Canyon Park. The joint administration started in the year 1943. Wilderness covers the majority of this park. The Park lies on 965,964 acres of land. This park is like no other because it has some of the most attractive physical features that people would come from all over the world to come and see. One such feature is the trees. The park has the largest trees in the world. The huge trees are not the only physical attraction, deep canyons, rugged foothills, vast caverns and huge mountains also form part of the park.

Top Attractions

Sherman Tree

This is one of the top attractions in this park. The tree is the largest tree in the world and also among the oldest having lived for 2,100 years.

The Tunnel Log
Just before you get to the giant forest through Crescent Meadow Road, you will find a tree that fell and made a beautiful tunnel which cars can pass through.

Mount Whitney
This is a 14,494 feet tall mountain that does not require technical skill to climb on top of. You just need energy and stamina to get to the top.

How to get to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

There is the Sequoia Shuttle which offers transport to the park. The cost is $15 inclusive of entrance fee. The shuttles can be accessed from Visalia, Exeter or Three Rims only through reservations.