There is something about seeing the biggest tree in the world that has to be experienced in person to be fully comprehended. One can read about it and hear about it and maybe even look at some pictures of it to get a vague idea of what it means. If you ever get a chance to see one for yourself, it is a very worthwhile trip to make. It is when you are approaching and finally standing next to it that you can appreciate the authority it commands and the significance it represents. General Sherman is the biggest tree in the world by mass.
If you want to see them with your own eyes, consider a trip to King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks in California. Summer time is peak for travel so an off-season trip will find smaller crowds. Many of these roads are closed in the winter, so travel by car might be impossible if you go then. In fact, the road between the two parks had just opened the week before I got there in early April. It's for a good reason, you would not want to be traveling down these curvy and sometimes sheer dropoff, mountain-hugging roads when they are covered in ice and snow.
There are other award winning trees in this area (tallest, widest, etc.) and many of them are over 2,000 years old. They have seen a lot in their day. These trees are The Boss!
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