If you plan to overnight in style in Sequoia National Park, the best place to stay is the cedar and stone Wuksachi Lodge (64740 Wuksachi Way, 866/762-1324 or 559/565-4070, $225-275 per night in summer, $150-190 per night in winter), a complex of three buildings with a total of 102 guest rooms.

Giant sequoias in Sequoia National Park.

Giant sequoias in Sequoia National Park. Photo © John Fowler, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

A huge dining room features soaring ceilings and massive windows overlooking the forest.Rooms are configured with one or two queen beds (or one king bed) with refrigerators, coffeemakers, televisions, ski racks, and telephones (cell service is unreliable). “Superior” rooms are designed for families, with lots of extra floor space plus a pullout sofa bed in addition to a king or queen bed.

It’s not inexpensive, but Wuksachi is by far the nicest “drive-up” place to stay in the parks. There are lots of perks included in your stay, such as free guided walks and talks that start at the lodge. And if you need a boxed lunch ($14 adults, $10 kids) to take on a hike during the day, just leave an order form on your doorknob the night before and the lodge will have it ready in the morning.

Wuksachi Lodge’s casually elegant 90-seat The Peaks Restaurant (559/565-4070, 7am-10am, 11:30am-2:30pm, and 5pm-10pm daily year-round, $10-35) is housed in a separate structure about 100 yards from the guest rooms. A huge dining room features soaring ceilings and massive windows overlooking the forest. Lunch and dinner menus include plenty of choices for salad fans, steak lovers, and gluten-free gourmands alike, with an emphasis on organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. Vegetarian and vegan options include grilled tofu, vegan corn chowder, and a vegan Mediterranean wrap. Breakfast is served buffet-style. Reservations are recommended for dinner, especially in summer. A small cocktail bar serves drinks.


Excerpted from the Sixth Edition of Moon Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon.