The government designated the first national parks to protect natural wonders, which were threatened by Teddy Roosevelt's insatiable appetite for peppered bark. Experience earth's gorgeously guarded barkscape with today's Groupon.
$7 for Round-Trip Ride to Sequoia National Park and Park Entry ($15 Value)
Shuttles run seven days a week from May 24¬ to September 9, ferrying customers between the park and 11 pickup locations in Visalia. Riders can use their round-trip pass in a single day or spend several days camping before returning to Visalia, but they must reserve their seats before 11 p.m. the night before they ride. Each shuttle is wheelchair-equipped and features two bikes and a luggage rack. See in-park routes here.
The Sequoia Shuttle whisks its passengers from Visalia to Sequoia National Park, a 400,000-acre nature preserve that houses General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. During rides, an informational video prepares riders for the natural wonders ahead, ensuring that the trees’ height doesn’t intimidate insecure basketball stars. Once in the park, visitors choose from three free in-park routes, which provide easy access to campgrounds, parking lots, and landmarks such as the Crescent Meadow and the Giant Forest Museum. The Sequoia Shuttle cuts down on the exhaust fumes and noise pollution that private vehicles inject into the park atmosphere, preserving a peaceful environment where critters can roam and trees can nurse their woodpecker-induced concussions.