Regional Visitors Council membership includes Chambers
of Commerce, Visitor Bureaus, private businesses and government
agencies dedicated to promoting tourism in Tulare County and
adjacent mountain communities. The Sequoia Region is located
in the Central San Joaquin Valley, approximately 185 miles
north of Los Angeles and 225 miles southeast of San Francisco.
The area encompasses countryside towns and cities that offer
visitors unique shopping and dining experiences, seasonal
fairs and festivals, antiques, museums, boutiques, murals,
historical districts, art galleries and candy-makers. The
area is rich in agriculture including dairies, cotton, cattle,
citrus, olives, grapes, walnuts as well as many other fruits,
vegetables, and grains. Many of the products from the Sequoia
Region are marketed around the world, and cottage industries
are also becoming well known nationally and internationally.
In addition to being famous for its agriculture, the region
is blessed with magnificent natural resources and is home
to the spectacular Giant Sequoia trees. Some favorite (and
famous!) places to visit include the Sequoia National Forest,
Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National
Parks, Lakes Kaweah and Success, Mountain Home Demonstration
State Forest, Balch Park, and areas managed by the Bureau
of Land Management.
National Forest, named for its mighty Giant Sequoias,
offers an incredible array of visitor delights. The forest
was created by Congress in 1908 under President Theodore Roosevelt,
known for his interest in conservation. Elevations range from
1,000 feet in the foothills, to peaks more than 12,000 feet
in the rugged back country. Spectacular scenery, diverse terrain
and unlimited opportunities for outdoor activities await visitors
to the area.
An icon of California tourism, the giant sequoia tree (Sequoiadendron
gigantium) stands as an awesome display of natural wonder.
With a diameter of 35 feet, the Boole Tree is the largest
tree in any National Forest in the United States. Standing
269 feet high, it has a circumference of 112 feet and is located
just north of Converse Mountain on the Hume Lake Ranger District.