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California Day-trip or Vacation To Artsy Three Rivers on The Way to the Giant Redwoods in Sequoia National Park!
Tiny Three Rivers, Ca. Post Office
Author and Giant Sequoia Redwood Tree
A day-trip or vacation to artsy Three Rivers, California lands you at a redwoods and sight-seeing mecca!
A drive to The Sequoia National Park through Three Rivers, California, is a fun day-trip or weekend getaway or it can begin a vacation.
Traveling east from Visalia, California, along Highway 198, one passes hundreds of orange trees and after 30 miles there's a giant pool of water, Lake Kaweah spread in an earthen bowl in the foothills.
Movie producers, writers, and tinsel town stars have spectacular getaways in Three Rivers, which is three hours from Los Angeles up the 5 freeway, and four hours from San Francisco down Highway 99, and it's sooooo much FUN!
At the sign for “Cherokee Oaks.” one enters idyllic Three Rivers, population 2,500 set in the “banana belt, above the fog, below the mountain climbs, where the climate is almost perfect.In summertime, tourists have their pick of sports:
- HOUSEBOATING on Lake Kaweah
- HIKING locally and including Sequoia National Park
- KAYAKING in (yes, of course!) each of the THREE RIVERS in Three Rivers!
- RIVER RAFTING
- SWIMMING. ..careful; the river claims swimmers often. Ask the locals where to swim safely.
Floral Display in Three Rivers, California
Lodging, Vacation Homes, or Camping
There are numerous vacation rentals, hotels, and lots of camping available in and around Three Rivers. Rates are surprisingly good; many opportunities are available for renting vacation homes from private parties, or camping in private campgrounds. Three Rivers Hideaway (link down below) is an inexpensive private campground and one could enjoy a marshmallow roast while sitting at the edge of a river after a hike or a walk.
Attractions and Things to Do
Past The Village Shopping Center, is the River Inn, where you can kick off your shoes, put a lawn chair in the river, read a book, watch the bamboo swaying, and watch the butterflies float by. Probably there's a jazz band playing in the background.
There's music all year:
- the REDBUD FESTIVAL in springtime
- SUMMER VIOLIN CAMP
- the PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
- summer CONCERTS UNDER THE STARS
is in the bright red house on Sierra drive as you drive through town. Reimer's makes unbelievable chocolates and visitors drive hundreds of miles in order to sample Reimer's wares where they even make chocolates in the shape and color of fried eggs.
COLORS ART GALLERY
is on the main highway, This gallery features furniture crafted with local redwood, made by artist Mike Perez. Perez's handmade benches have satiny redwood seats and “crookedy” manzanita legs, still covered in bark. Be sure to check out these art galleries:
- CORT ART GALLERY
- DISCOVERIES WEST GALLERY
- NADI'S STUDIO
- THE CO-OP
There are two post offices in Three Rivers and one is the main post office entering on Highway 198 and the other is the teeny "Kaweah Post Office" shown in a link down below.
Up the incline, when the massive sequoia redwood trees appear, one sees the spectacular window-filled Gateway Restaurant perched on a hill cut into the riverbank. Guests here are treated to fabulous food with an awesome panorama of the swirling river. Wildflowers decorate the river, and complete the view.
At The Sequoia National Park
Two miles from The Gateway Restaurant, up the mountain, is the entrance to the incredibly beautiful Sequoia National Park, where over a million people visit each year in order to view the home of the giant Sequoia Redwood Trees.
One can hike or bicycle up into the park, or one can drive, or take a bus to the redwood rainforest at the mountain top. It's much cooler in the rainforest than down below, so a sweater or jacket might be a good idea.
The giant redwoods. sometimes as old as 2700 years, live in the rainforest at the top of the park.They are so massive in diameter that one slice of a tree-trunk may be 30 feet across and a single slice of the trunk can function as an entire dance floor.
Each year millions of tourists, many from Europe, day-trip, vacation, or take weekend getaways through artsy Three Rivers, California on the way to Sequoia National Park, virtually next door. Once one has arrived, one can simply take out a camera, and enjoy.
General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park
River View in the Backyard of a Three Rivers, California Residence
Places to Stay
- The Gateway Restaurant and Lodge
Great food, private cabins moments from the entrance to Sequoia National Park entrance.
- Three Rivers Hideaway - RV, Camp & Cabins on the Kaweah River
Private inexpensive camping along the river.
- Cabins in Three Rivers
Cute Cabins where you can spend a romantic weekend in Three Rivers
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