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By Plane

Fresno Yosemite International Airport (tel. 559/621-4500) is the nearest major airport, located 53 miles from the Big Stump Entrance of Kings Canyon. See the section on Yosemite, above, to find out which airlines service Fresno.

Visalia Municipal Airport (tel. 559/713-4201; www.flyvisalia.com), 36 miles from the Ash Mountain Entrance, is served by Great Lakes Airlines (tel. 800/554-5111), with daily flights to Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

By Car

There are two entrances to the parks. CA 198 east, via Visalia and the town of Three Rivers, leads to the Ash Mountain Entrance in Sequoia National Park, while CA 180 east, via Fresno, leads straight to the Big Stump Entrance near Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. Both entrances are approximately 4 hours from Los Angeles and 5 hours from San Francisco. To check on statewide road conditions, call tel. 800/427-7623 in California (tel. 916/445-7623 outside of the state) or visit www.dot.ca.gov. For rental-car information, see the section on Yosemite, above.

By Bus

Greyhound (tel. 800/231-2222) serves Visalia and Fresno. In Sequoia & Kings Canyon, the Sequoia Shuttle (tel. 877/287-4453; www.sequoiashuttle.com) connects Visalia with the Giant Forest area of the park; it runs in summer for $15 round-trip per person.

By Train

Amtrak (tel. 800/872-7245; www.amtrak.com) serves Fresno and Merced on its San Joaquin route and connects Visalia with the Hanford station via bus service.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.