My fiance & I are planning out honeymoon for October of 2007. We are from NJ and are planning to fly into Vegas for a few nights, and then traveling by car to San Francisco. While I would like two take 3 days / 2 nights to make this trip, my partner would greatly prefer if we could do it with only one overnight stop. I know this is possible, but I also know I won't get to see everything I want to, so here I am for advice.
I will be seeing the Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam while staying in Vegas, and will head straight to Death Valley once we check out. From here, I would really like to stay the night at Sequoia National Park, but from what I hear the drive along the highway is extremely boring on the western side of the Sierra. My other option is to head along the scenic route on the East and cut over towards San Francisco at some point. Is the road through Yosemite usually open in late October? I also hear that gold rush route further north is very scenic.
So my first decision is boring highway to Sequoia vs. scenic route. Then if I take the scenic route should I go through Yosemite or head further north to another possible pass?
If I took the scenic route after visiting Death Valley, I would be prepared to drive quite a while before stopping for the night. Where would be a good place to spend the night on the Eastern side of the Sierra?
Thanks very much for any advice & opinions people can provide