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6 more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County

The General Sherman sequoia in Sequoia National Park always draws a crowd!

For six more one-tank vacations close to Stockton and San Joaquin County, you can’t go wrong with these! Following last week’s recommendations, here are six other alluring summer destinations, all within about three hours or less from San Joaquin County, ranging from south to north. Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks: These majestic parks share a common [...]

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Five glorious parks within four hours of San Joaquin County; beat the heat and crowds!

Sequoia's General Sherman tree, with a 40' diameter trunk is, by volume, the world's largest tree!

Beat the summer heat and crowds while basking in nature’s glory in these five close-at-hand parks! We’re less than a week from the start of summer, it’s getting hot in the valley – and you haven’t made your summer travel plans yet? Let’s consider some of the nearby parks and natural wonders that can take [...]

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Northern California: Five summer travel destinations, far from the maddening crowd

    With summertime almost upon us, families, particularly those with kids, are targeting some of the most popular travel destinations in N. California. These include Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, to name a few.  That can mean maddening crowds, traffic snarls and impossibilities in book campgrounds or lodging nearby. Close [...]

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Rethink your California “Bucket List for 2015″; epic destinations!

The General Sherman Tree, in Sequoia National Park, is largest tree in the world, and always draws an admiring crowd!

We live in, arguably, the most spectacular state in America. With all the wonderful destinations at your beck and call and the start of a New Year approaching, I suggest you update your bucket list of California destinations for 2015.  To whet your appetite, here are some of our favorites – most of them in [...]

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Kings Canyon National Park; tall trees, deep canyons, majestic Sierra peaks!

The General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon Park is one of the largest trees in the world (nearby General Sherman in Sequoia Park is largest).

  Kings Canyon features huge monoliths like this in side canyon on the approach highway. Roaring River Falls is just a short hike off the highway, deep in the Kings River Canyon. Kings Canyon classic “U” shape is result of glacial carving millions of years ago! Huge trees, towering Sierra peaks, deep canyons and miles of [...]

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Sequoia National Park; home of the giants and sister to Kings Canyon!

General Sherman Sequoia, 40' in diameter and largest tree in the world, attacts crowd while ranger shares highlights!

Huge grove of Sequoias stands as sentinels to entrance to General Grant Grove. Our Scotty at Sequoia overlook, with sister park Kings Canyon and Sierra in background. Our Scotty teardrop trailer is right at home with the big boys in Lodgepole Campground!   Susan Viall stands in front of downed, 20′ diameter Sequoia. The Tunnel [...]

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Good maps lead way to stunning, out-of-way places!

A good map is key to exploring many of California's out-of-the-way places!

View from our campground on a PG&E reservoir came with lakeside view and low fees for the night! PG&E reservoir offers stunning views, inexpensive campground! Pine Flat Lake in Sierra shows the impacts of several years of drought! On a late fall trip last year, headed for a few days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon [...]

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California’s iconic national parks; some of most spectacular in USA!

Rugged Pinnacles Natonal Park offers the remnants of a volcano; a volcano near Los Angeles!  Located on the San Andreas Fault, Pinnacles is slowly moving northward, about 2-3 inches each year!

Here our little teardrop trailer is parked overlooking Kings Canyon National Park from a Sequoia National Park overlook. The two parks share a common boundary in the Sierra, just east of Fresno! Rugged Pinnacles Natonal Park offers the remnants of a volcano; a volcano near Los Angeles! Located on the San Andreas Fault, Pinnacles National [...]

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