PRLog - May 16, 2014 - OTHER, Calif. -- SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif., May 16, 2013— With meadows blossoming with wildflowers and animals venturing out of their seasonal slumber, spring has officially sprung at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Clear skies, perfect temperatures and longer days; combined with the added appeal of brand new packages and activities; give outdoor enthusiasts the perfect excuse to shed their winter coats and soak up the sun.
Spring and summer offer opportunities for all at Sequoia and Kings Canyon
In addition to year-round favorites Wuksachi Lodge and John Muir Lodge, even more great lodging is available in the parks through late fall starting on May 23. Grant Grove has four types of cabins available – the Rustic Cabin, the Oversized Camp Cabin, the Camp Cabin and the Tent Cabin; while Cedar Grove gives guests the choice between a Standard Room and a Patio Room with a private patio. With lodging only available through November 2 and October 12, respectively, rooms fill up quickly at these authentic park locations each year.
Avid outdoor explorers will love spring’s new crop of wet and wild vacation packages. For fans of fishing, the Full-Day and Half-Day Fly Fishing Packages are the ultimate catch. Each option includes overnight lodging and a full or half-day guided fishing excursion with Sierra Fly Fisher. Fishing expeditions can be tailored to skill levels, but all participants 16 years and older must have a fishing license on hand. Overnight packages begin at $455 and $579 at Wuksachi Lodge and $365 and $489 at John Muir Lodge. Park visitors can also find happy trails with the Trail Blazer Package; which includes a one-night stay, a keepsake backpack and two logo water bottles, boxed lunch for two, snacks and a local trails map; starting at $285 at John Muir Lodge, $209 at Cedar Grove Lodge and $329 at Wuksachi Lodge.
While young explorers can learn about what makes Sequoia & Kings Canyon special and work toward earning their very own Junior Ranger badge throughout the year, this summer brings extra ranger perks with the Junior Ranger Package. Available through Sept. 1, rates begin at $299 at Wuksachi Lodge and $249 at John Muir Lodge and include overnight accommodations and a Junior Ranger vest, hat, compass and tee-shirt. Horse-loving families will also adore the Horseback Riding Package. Starting in late May, guests will pony up for a one-night stay and a one-hour horseback trip for two through beautiful landmarks like Lion Meadow, the General Grant Tree, Kings River and more; starting at $329 at Wuksachi Lodge, $285 at John Muir Lodge and $209 at Cedar Grove Lodge. For kids who err on the adventurous side, springtime signals the opening of the parks’ popular cave tours at Crystal Cave, open as of May 10, and Boyden Cavern, open as of April 25 and located in the nearby Giant Sequoia National Monument in Sequoia National Forest. Tour opportunities range from Family, Discovery, Junior Caver and Adventure tours at Crystal Cave and walking, rappelling and canyoneering at Boyden Cavern. After a long day of exploring, hungry families can enjoy some authentic BBQ and bonding time with the Wolverton BBQ Package. This delicious package includes overnight lodging and two tickets to the Wolverton BBQ, an incredibly popular summertime activity in the parks. Guests can chow down on all-you-can-
All-new late spring and summer activities are also in store. Starting May 14 at Wuksachi Lodge, park naturalists will host a 45-minute Wildlife Wednesdays program, which will provide attendees with tips to make the most of their wildlife viewing time at Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Both Wuksachi and John Muir Lodge will kick off new summertime flashlight hikes on May 30, encouraging nocturnal guests to grab a flashlight and hit the trails with a guide to see the sights of the park, including majestic trees and even animals, in a different light. Wilderness lovers can also test their outdoor survival skills with the Back to Basics Wilderness Skills class, which will be held on select Thursdays starting May 15 at John Muir Lodge.
Couples opting for a romantic springtime getaway can enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the Kings Canyon Panoramic Sunrise Package and the Sequoia Sunset Package. Beginning May 14, early risers can grab a to-go breakfast and keepsake cooler and head to a breathtaking view of the sunrise over the peaks of Kings Canyon. John Muir Lodge rates, which include an overnight stay, start at $209. Those who prefer to catch some extra shut-eye can wind down with a gourmet picnic for two and beautiful vantage points from Sequoia hotspots like Sunset Rock or Moro Rock. With the picnic, a souvenir cooler and lodging, Wuksachi Lodge rates start at $319 from May 14 through Nov. 15. Another great couples’ option at all the lodging properties, the Bed & Breakfast Package, includes accommodations and breakfast for two; starting at $209.
And as the weather continues to warm, stargazers can seize the night and take in spectacular views in the parks. From July 25 through 27, astronomy enthusiasts can enjoy the Sequoia Natural History Association’
To learn more about lodging, packages and special events in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, please visit VisitSequoiaKingsCanyon.com.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts serves as concessioner to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, operating overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail and other services at destinations including Wuksachi Lodge, Lodgepole, Grant Grove Village, John Muir Lodge and Cedar Grove. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ properties in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, visit www.VisitSequoiaKingsCanyon.com.
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