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    Default Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe travel tips needed

    Hello.
    We are Australians driving from Las Vegas to Tahoe in February this year.

    This is what we would like to do:
    7th about midday drive to Death Valley and stay at the Furnace Creek Inn.
    8th drive to Sequoia, stay overnight somewhere.
    9th drive to Yosemite,stay overnight somewhere.
    10th drive to Tahoe, stay at Squaw Valley Resort.

    We would love to hear some suggestions on the best scenic routes to take, things to do or see, places to stay, the best type of car to hire and just about any other advice you can think of.

    Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    Dave and Sharon.

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    Default Final Destination?

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Is Tahoe your final destination for this trip, or do you have to be there on the 10th?

    Since Tioga Pass is closed, it could work better for you to go from Death Valley to Tahoe and then cross the Sierra to visit Yosemite and Sequoia. Otherwise you're going to have to be zigzagging back and forth across the mountains, and you aren't going to have that much time at the listed destinations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon & David View Post
    Hello.
    We are Australians driving from Las Vegas to Tahoe in February this year.

    This is what we would like to do:
    7th about midday drive to Death Valley and stay at the Furnace Creek Inn.
    8th drive to Sequoia, stay overnight somewhere.
    9th drive to Yosemite,stay overnight somewhere.
    10th drive to Tahoe, stay at Squaw Valley Resort.

    We would love to hear some suggestions on the best scenic routes to take, things to do or see, places to stay, the best type of car to hire and just about any other advice you can think of.

    Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    Dave and Sharon.
    the best type of car i would say is a 4 wheel drive incase its snowing but i would probebly suggest just getting there in one day becuase its only a 6 hour drive if im not mistaken plus u would save more money rather then just spending it on the rooms u would stay at maybe yosemite would be nice if u stayed there never been there but heard its really nice. but if u choose to stay at all the destinations then u should check the map for a better rout

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    Thanks for all the advice. We will take a look at our map and try to figure out a better route to fit it all in. Our trip in total will go from vegas to tahoe and eventually down to LA. Hopefully we can fit it all in 2 weeks. Thanks again. Dave and Sharon.

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    Default East side then West side

    Here's a link to a google map that might be helpful. You may have to tweak it a bit due to weather conditions on some roads but this should give you a start on your route planning.

    FWIW, 4WD vehicles do cost more to rent. If that's an issue with your budget, you should be fun with a front-wheel drive vehicle. 4WD doesn't necessarily make driving on snow easier or safer. You still need to follow good driving practices in icey/snowy conditions.

    You might find these tips on winter driving helpful. Be sure and click on the link to Bob's tips. They're great.
    Last edited by PNW Judy; 01-23-2008 at 07:40 AM. Reason: added info

  6. Default Go up the East, down the West?

    As a rough suggestion, it might be a little more efficient to take a slightly different route. Part of this is in February you do need to plan for snow in the Sierras and possibly along the route at higher elevations.

    The alternative would be to first from
    - Las Vegas to Death Valley, then
    - Death valley to Tahoe/ Reno via the east side of the Sierras.

    This will take you up 395 past Mono Lake and along the east side of the Sierra Mountains. If you have the time, there are some good snow/ skiiing areas along here (Mammoth Mountain, for example), and some good hot springs. Tioga pass from near Lee Vining over the Sierras to near Yosemite will definitely be closed.

    - Then from Tahoe, come back west over the Donner Pass on I-80. That's a major interstate pass, so even in the worst of weather they try to keep it open. From there you can head west and then south to Yosemite, either on CA-49 through the California Gold Rush country, or even on I-99 in the flats of California's Central Valley. Depening upon weather, CA-49 is a much more scenic drive through some of the old gold mining towns from California's Gold Rush days -- but in bad weather, you can always go a bit farther west to 99 which never gets snow, and avoids the hills.

    From Yosemite, its about a 1/2 days drive to Sequoia National park -- but in the winter, the most direct road may be closed with snow. However, the southern road into Giant's Village and the National Park headquarters past Moro Rock is kept open -- take I-99 south to Visalia, and then east on CA-198 to take the road up past 3 Rivers (198) to Giant's Village. The road up the steep western side of the Sierra is narrow and winding, so you need to take your time, but the trees are tremendous sights. Last time I was there with snow, a couple of years ago, the Wuksachi Lodge was open in the middle of the National Park (a very nice hotel, so reservations required...) as well as one campground. But the road north of Wuksachi Village to Kings Canyon was closed until spring (General's Highway - 180)

    For a car to take on the route, a standard sedan should do the job -- but you'll need to be careful if there is bad weather (as always). If the weather is nasty, you may need a set of chains -- but that's true if you have a 4WD vehicle as well. If you're heading between major destinations (and Yosemite, Tahoe, and Sequoia all are), then sticking to the main roads that are patroled and plowed and maintained is probably the best policy of all -- particularly if you're not used to snow driving.

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