By now, most people throughout the country have put up a Christmas tree in celebration of the upcoming holiday. It’s only fitting that we highlight the General Grant Tree, in Kings Canyon National Park, which was dedicated in April 1926 as the National Christmas Tree.
The Nation’s Christmas Tree was named after Ulysses S. Grant in 1867. The General Grant Tree reaches upward to 267 feet tall and is nearly 29 feet in diameter. This giant sequoia is second in size only to the General Sherman Tree which is located in Sequoia National Park and is the world’s largest tree, measured by volume. The General Sherman Tree stands 275 feet tall and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base. These giant sequoias were here some 2,000 years ago.
In April 1925, President Calvin Coolidge designated the General Grant Tree as the Nation’s Christmas Tree for all to enjoy. In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower made the tree a memorial, calling it a “National Shrine” to the men and women of the armed forces who served, fought and gave their lives for our freedom.
Facts & Information
Sequoia National Park and King Canyon National Park have no shortage of amazing roads to explore. For a few of our favorites, check out these past RoadRUNNER tours.
Recommended Lodging: Tropical Paradise
Located 57 miles away in Fresno, CA, Tropical Paradise is a great escape after a day of exploring. In addition to nice rooms, they offer a relaxing shaded patio and pool area, complete with hammocks and grills.
Best Time to Travel
The best time to travel is in the warmer months, when riding is possible. However, if you'd like to visit the tree in the winter, it can be done in a car.