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    Default Trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas

    Hi everyone
    Have joined this great site tonight. I am going to do a trip from San Francisco to Las Vegas this year, does anyone have any views on the best time of the year to go, I was thinking either May/June or Sept/Oct.
    I would like to go from San Fran to either Napa Valley or Sacramento then onto Lake Tahoe, then Yosemite,stopping for a night from before we get to Death Valley, then onto Las Vegas, while we are there we will make the trip to the Grand Canyon.
    What do any of you out there think of this trip, we will be away about three weeks.

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    This is far and away the most often talked about topic on the forum, so you can find plenty of other threads discussing this area. Some of our favorites can be found here.

    As to the specifics of your trip, the dates of your actual trip will play a big role. If you go in May/June, there is a pretty good chance that Tioga Pass through Yosemite will be closed. That will make it more difficult to get across the Sierras from the Yosemite Valley to Lake Tahoe and Death Valley. If you go in fall, the pass will be open.

    Regardless of when you go, you might consider doing Yosemite before Tahoe to avoid having to zig zag across the Sierras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    This is far and away the most often talked about topic on the forum, so you can find plenty of other threads discussing this area. Some of our favorites can be found here.

    As to the specifics of your trip, the dates of your actual trip will play a big role. If you go in May/June, there is a pretty good chance that Tioga Pass through Yosemite will be closed. That will make it more difficult to get across the Sierras from the Yosemite Valley to Lake Tahoe and Death Valley. If you go in fall, the pass will be open.

    Regardless of when you go, you might consider doing Yosemite before Tahoe to avoid having to zig zag across the Sierras.
    Thanks for your reply, most helpful. We are nowing going from SF to Carmel and then onto the Yosemite. Can you tell me when is the best time to go to Yosemite as everyone on the web seems to have a different view, we do not want to go in July or August.

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    Default Different people, different views

    The reason that there are so many different view on when the "best" time to go to Yosemite is because there is no one or right answer to the question.

    Each season has its own advantages and disadvantages.

    Winter can be a great time to visit the park, and the layer of snow in the park can really make things "pop" visually. The downside is that some areas aren't quite as accessable that time of year.

    Spring can be excellent as everything starts to come out of winter mode, and the snow melt can add to the flow of the waterfalls. One of the downsides is that you still can't cross Tioga pass, so access to the park is still more limited than during the summer.

    The summer is peak season, and its that way for a reason. The conditions inside the park are pretty much ideal. The downside is that its peak season, and which means you'll be seeing lots of other people.

    The fall is a great time to travel in general, because you still get the accessability of the summer without the crowds. Of course its also the driest time of the year, which can be limiting in its own way.

    I say go when its easiest for you to get there, it will be a great time to go, no matter when you go.

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