We did 2 weeks in CA last August, and Sequoia was one of our favorites. Another option is to drive out late at night, stay in one of the small towns near the south entrance (we stayed at the Comfort Inn, wasn't too $$). Drive up early in the morning (the view of Moro Rock is lovely), then stay at Hume that night. We stayed at the lodge (name escapes me) in the park that night, and that was one of our favorite nights! The restaurant was excellent. We did Crystal Cave and Moro Rock. That was a tired night, so the food and service was welcome. I can't wait to go back!