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Camping: Sequoia National Forest
Photograph courtesy flickr/bumeister1
Sleep among giant sequoias at Atwell Mill Campground, a secluded 21-site spot (the stumps are remnants of a bygone mill). Each campsite has a picnic table, a fire ring with grill, and a bear box for food storage (black bears love these parts). It’s leisurely along the 1.2-mile leg of Hockett Trail that snakes through incense cedars, pines, firs, and the redwood’s giant cousins to a footbridge that crosses the Kaweah River. Open late May through October; first come, first served.