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California Day-trip or Vacation To Artsy Three Rivers on The Way to the Giant Redwoods in Sequoia National Park!

Updated on December 15, 2014

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!
  • 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


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.


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:


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

40580 Cherokee Oaks Drive, Three Rivers, CA 93271:
40580 Cherokee Oaks Dr, Three Rivers, CA 93271, USA

get directions

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    • Doodlehead profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northern California


      You probably could go through Prather though I'm not famliar with that route and it may be very scenic. If you have the time that may be a nice and pretty route to take.

    • Doodlehead profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Peggy--

      If you visit Three Rivers be sure to stop at the teeny tiny post office when you mail your friends a postcard from Three Rivers. Not the main post office which is on highway 198 when you enter town, but the itty bitty one that is only about 8 feet by 8 feet square in size. The natives can tell you where it is!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      A good friend of mine joined me on a trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks...along with visiting many other parks on that particular trip. If we passed through Three Rivers, we did not spend any time there since we had reservations for lodgings in the park. It sounds like Three Rivers would make a great destination from everything that you have written about it. Voted up, useful and interesting and will share.

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      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      We've seen the red wood forest but maybe not this exact area. Thank you for the tips and places to see along the way. Maybe we'll be able to head out there sometime next year. Voted up!

    • Doodlehead profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nora-

      So glad you dropped by! Oh my...there is nothing like the Sierra Mountain Range (IMHO)!

      Sometime Google Kaweah Commonwealthonline as it is the local newspaper. They tell you all kinds of

      good stuff like what activities are going on and so forth.

      Please come visit. Yosemite is two hours north of Sequoia Park. Sequoia is less crowded and the small town of Three Rivers is so personable.

    • Nora411 profile image


      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I have always wanted to travel to California! Now I know where to sight see and I am def going to have to make a stop by Reimers!!! Voting up and Awesome!!

    • Doodlehead profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northern California

      I should have said ithat if your home is built of redwood, then you probably don't have termite!

    • Doodlehead profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northern California

      Bridalletter---come out to California and see them! There are several different kinds of redwood trees. Some are tall and thin; some are thicker around. Another interesting thing about redwoods is they are very resistant to invaders to the tree because of the tannins.

      A lot of people in California have termites; however I think if you have redwood in your house then termites are not a bother.

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      Brenda Kyle 

      6 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      The trees are amazing, I would love to walk through them someday and feel like a tiny fairy among giants!

    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 

      6 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      The "Artsy" word in your title caught my eye, and I would agree, after reading your hub, that Three Rivers is indeed an artsy place to visit. I love artsy places :) Those redwoods are huge! You look a little skinny, but those trees make you look even thinner. Eat some fried egg chocolates! Interesting hub; voting up and sharing with my HubPages followers.

    • Doodlehead profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northern California

      girlshpuri---Three Rivers is exaclty awesome!

    • Doodlehead profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northern California

      TirelessTraveler---please check back to say what you thought of Three Rivers!

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      I have lived in California most of my life and never been to Three Rivers. Considering I live about 31/2 hours from there, a trip should be planned immediately. Do you go through Prather?

    • chloemoores profile image


      6 years ago

      lovely :)

    • Doodlehead profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you girishpuri for stopping by. You appear to be a poetic person. I know you would enjoy Three Rivers very much.

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Sounds like a very beautiful place, an awesome share. voted awesome


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