I'm about to leave the US after finishing my PhD. I don't know when I'll be back again, so I've decided to go on a few road trips before I leave. I've seen most of the East Coast, so we'll be flying to the West with my girlfriend. The first trip is going to be from Las Vegas to San Francisco, but there are a couple of alternative routes and that's where I need your help.
We'll arrive in Las Vegas on October 25th and will be flying from San Francisco on the 30th. 26th is for seeing the Grand Canyon. The next day, we'll set out from Las Vegas in the morning. There are 2 alternative routes:
1. Drive through the Death Valley NP from Beatty. Pass Bishop and all the way up to Yosemite where we'll stay the night. Next day, we'll take the Tioga Road(assuming it's still going to be open on the 27th) through Yosemite. And to San Francisco.
2. Drive down to Bakersfield, then Fresno. See the Sequoia NP. Drive up to Yosemite and stay the night there. See Yosemite and drive west to San Francisco.
So what it boils down to is either we go through Death Valley and as a result take the popular Tioga Road later or we go see Sequoia NP.
What do you think? Which one would you suggest? What are the chances of the Tioga Road being closed on October 27th this year?
Also, I'm planning to take a lot of photographs and the route that offers more opportunity to take landscape photography is better for me.
Thanks for all the advice and suggestions...