The land of giants in the southern Sierra Nevada is home to the 2.7 million–pound General Sherman tree, the largest living thing on earth. Congress Trail is an easy two-mile loop through the heart of the 1,900-acre Giant Forest that takes you to other celebrity sequoias, including the General Lee and McKinley trees. Before heading home, squeeze in a drive through the famous Tunnel Log, a fallen sequoia with an eight-foot clearance. Information: (559) 565-3341.
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