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  1. Default Yosemite to Las Vegas (Death Valley stay)

    We are from Ireland and on our first trip to California in early September07. We are looking for advice on our journey from Yosemite to Las Vegas. We'd like to see Death Valley and have 2 nights to spend on this part of our trip. We're looking for suggestions on where we should stay between Yosemite and Las Vegas that will let us experience Death Valley - should we stay 2 nights in Furnace Creek Ranch (the Furnace Creek Inn is closed this time of the year)? Are there are any sites we should make sure to see while here?
    Thanks for any help anyone can give us. Irishtrippers

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    Default good choices

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    My sleeping experience in Death Valley has been limited to camping, so I don't have first hand knowledge about the hotel accomidations. However, I believe all of the options within the park are excellent choices. Furnace Creek Ranch would be a good choice, or you could also look into staying at Panamint Springs.

    The national park website has some more useful information that you might want to look at!

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    You'll love Furnace Creek Ranch.
    It's now open year 'round.

    September is their "low time" and rooms and cabins are about $120 to $140 U.S.
    The outside temps can easily reach 128 Deg F (53 C), hence the name.
    Furnace Creek features three restaurants and a saloon (Miner talk for a Pub).
    (Our Irish relatives drink their beer cold in this climate BTW)

    The swimming pool is fed from a natural spring full of minerals.
    Their was some kinda rubarb with the authorities about chlorinating the pool.
    The "regulars" prefered natural water, re-filled each day over a chlorinated pool.
    That's about all the drama Furnace Creek has seen in a century.

    It's beautiful, quiet and tranquil.. we visit all the time.
    Lot's of visitors love to take morning or evening walks and take the awesome landscape in with the old eyeballs.
    So perhaps consider that.
    And, rarely mentioned Death Valley Scottys Castle is an interesting visit if you have the time.

    Also, Stovepipe Wells Village.
    The rooms are very nice. One restaurant Called the Toll Rd. (tolls vanished 130 years ago) and the Badwater Saloon, named after the nearby lowest spot in the Western Hemisphere.

    Excellent food, excellent, friendly staff.

    The surrounding area landscape and sand dunes are breathtakingly beautiful.
    Most visitors just come to hang out and take in the scenery.
    Horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking are all available nearby at both resorts.

    When we last visited the Toll House restaurant a Gold Record was hanging on the wall.
    It was from the '50's tune "Rock-Around-the Clock".
    Hummm, we wondered what's with that?
    Then our restaurant waiter was Jonny Quick, the drummer in the band Bill Haley and the comets, who recorded the gold record tune.

    Remember, most of Death Valley gets hotter than a big dogs breath in September.
    Always travel with lots of water, sold cheap at most all Petro stations. Gatoraid is even better.
    Japan brand rental cars handle the heat very well.

    If you drive about Death Valley and you find the Gas (petro) stations are closed,
    any Park Ranger can unlock the pumps and sell you fuel.
    They are very happy to help you 24 hours.

    Oh, are you guys gonna have fun.
    Last edited by RoadTrippers A & R; 08-26-2007 at 10:29 AM.

  4. Default Dilemma - LA to Yosemite via Death Valley + Sequoia?

    Midwest Michael and Ross&Alice
    Thanks for your replies. Great to hear Furnace Creek is a good choice.
    We're now looking at going from Death Valley to Sequoia, staying 1 night in Sequoia and travelling through Kings Canyon to Yosemite. After Yosemite we head to Sanoma.
    Could anyone advise of how long it takes to travel from Death Valley to Sequoia; from Sequoia to Yosemite via Kings Canyon and is it possible to arrive at a location in Yosemite where we could exit to go to Sanoma?
    We were planning one night in Death Valley, one night in Sequoia, 3 nights in Yosemite.
    Thanks for any help anyone can give us re best routes, drive-times and where to base ourselves for overnights.
    Irishtrippers

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    Default Need to re-look at your map!

    Quote Originally Posted by Irishtirppers View Post
    Great to hear Furnace Creek is a good choice.
    Another voice -- be sure to look at museum at the Ranch -- it is very good -- even though the Inn is closed (my favorite place) be sure to drive up there for the sunset view from the veranda! Plus you will not be believe the oasis that exists there year-round-- here are some photos to check out!
    We're now looking at going from Death Valley to Sequoia, staying 1 night in Sequoia and travelling through Kings Canyon to Yosemite
    This might be possible if you have a helicopter at your disposal, but there are no roads that would enable you to drive from Death Valley to Sequoia in one day unless you go around the southern end of the Sierra Nevadas and up the inner valley. But there are no direct routes from Kings Canyon to Yosemite -- you can do this if you are willing to zig-zag back and forth on the mountain roads -- but I think it will be way too much driving.

    What I do suggest is to read this thread:
    "Yosemite to Vegas via Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Death Valley" and get some ideas about what you can really do!

    Mark

  6. Default Furnace Creek Death Valley to Yosemite - stopover?

    Hi Mark

    Phew thanks for that! We're staying in the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite inside the Southern entrance to the Park. Could you recommend somewhere to break the trip from Death Valley (Furnace Creek) to Wawona Hotel - we realise now Sequoia is not an option. What do you think of Mamoth Lakes or June Lake? How many hours would it take to travel to either of these Lakes from Death Valley and beyond then to Yosemite? Do you have any better suggestions? Also could you let us know the distance (in miles/driving time) between the Eastern entrance of the park (Tiago) to the Southern entrance?
    Thanks again for your help.

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    Default Lots of options

    Quote Originally Posted by Irishtirppers View Post
    Could you recommend somewhere to break the trip from Death Valley (Furnace Creek) to Wawona Hotel - we realise now Sequoia is not an option.
    Sequoia and Kings Canyon are still options, you just have to drive lots of hours each day. But the drive up the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains (along US-395) is very beautiful. You can choose any of those mountain towns for your over-night stay. Bishop or Mammoth Lakes would be my first choice. But either Mammoth or June Lakes is certainly reasonable from Death Valley. You could even take the detour at Big Pine and go see the Bristlecone Forest (here is an article about it).
    Also could you let us know the distance (in miles/driving time) between the Eastern entrance of the park (Tioga) to the Southern entrance?
    It is a beautiful drive and you should allow 2-3 hours.

    Mark

  8. Default Thanks

    Hi Mark

    Thanks a million for your help and espcially for getting back to us so quickly.
    Your information has been really helpful.
    Irishtrippers

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