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"Sequioa National Park is beautiful"Who doesn’t love a park? Little neighborhood parks, urban green spaces, huge national parks…we love them all, right? Because, come ON…it’s a PARK!

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Sequoia National Park a couple of years ago.  When you’re there you feel like you’ve stepped backward in time; there simply is no other place on earth like it.  That’s not hyperbole, either.  Sequoia National Park is chock-full of history, contains the world’s largest trees, and is home to the tallest mountain in the United States.

I mean, where else can you find towering redwoods, great hiking, snow-capped mountains, a huge granite ball, miles of caves (for you crazy spelunkers), and bears? Nowhere, that’s where!

What else can you do at Sequoia National Park? Glad you asked…

  • Drive through a redwood tree. 1 of 8
    Drive through a redwood tree.
    You can drive your cool car through trees in the redwood forest. Hello? Awesome! Photo credit My Private Proxy.
  • Donkeys, mustaches, and redwood trees. 2 of 8
    Donkeys, mustaches, and redwood trees.
    You can go recreate this picture in the redwoods. Good luck finding a donkey, but those staches are awesome!
  • Redwood tree hugging FTW! 3 of 8
    Redwood tree hugging FTW!
    In the Redwoods, your whole family can wrap arms around one tree! Photo credited to Trign.
  • Alli with redwood tree. 4 of 8
    Alli with redwood tree.
    You can feel like a little kid again.
  • Redwood tree remembers. 5 of 8
    Redwood tree remembers.
    Be a very real part of history.
  • Redwook plaques 6 of 8
    Redwook plaques
    I mean a part of some SERIOUS history.
  • Redwood heights. 7 of 8
    Redwood heights.
    When you're in the redwood forest, you realize that reaching for the stars just makes sense.
  • Redwood path. 8 of 8
    Redwood path.
    There's simply no other place on Earth like the redwood forest. So go vote!


But these fabulous parks, big and small, require a lot of upkeep and maintenance, which isn’t cheap. That’s where Coca-Cola comes in…it’s their third annual America is Your Park initiative.  This is a  program that gives grants to parks and encourages the use, protection and promotion of parks.


This is where WE come in…by simply going to the Coca-Cola Live Positively site and voting for your favorite park, your park could win a grant of $100,000 (there are other prize amounts as well).

So which park am I voting for?   Sequoia National Park.

“This is sponsored content from Babble and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Coca-Cola. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Only legal residents of the 50 U.S. (and D.C.) who are at least 13 years old and reside within the U.S. at the time of participation are eligible to vote for a Park. Participate on behalf of a Park by: July 15, 2012. The 3 most popular Parks will be offered a grant and there will be 1 Wild Card drawing at the end of the Contest to award an additional grant. To participate, for Official Rules, and complete details including grant descriptions, visit Void where prohibited. Click here to see more of the discussion.”

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