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  1. Default 21 days from Seattle to Phoenix

    Hi there, this is our first post on this awesome website. We have been reading other people's posts for the last few weeks while trying to plan our trip down the west coast of America and possibley into some of the national parks.

    We are leaving at the end of April from Seattle and drop off the RV in Phoenix at the end of May. We have booked a few nights in the Sunset Bay State Park and also the Praire Creek Redwoods State Park, but from here we only have a rough plan.

    Our main question is whether at this time of year Yosemite National Park and Death Valley National Park are open or whether it would be a better plan to keep heading down the west coast and take in the mighty Big Sur that we have heard so much about from friends who have done similar trips.

    Our final destination is actually Las Vegas but it was more economical to drop the RV in Phoenix. We are hoping to take in Sonoma/Napa and San Francisco before potentially heading east into the national parks.

    Looking forward to any advice! Excited Kiwis.

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    Default Thanks for the compliments

    Quote Originally Posted by rv_kiwis View Post
    Hi there, this is our first post on this awesome website.
    Hey, thanks for that -- always nice to get kudos -- Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum!
    We are leaving at the end of April from Seattle and drop off the RV in Phoenix at the end of May.
    Sounds like a great trip -- what rental agency are you using? Be sure to use this check list when you pick up your RV.
    and also the Praire Creek Redwoods State Park
    One of the nicest in the area!
    Our main question is whether at this time of year Yosemite National Park and Death Valley National Park are open or whether it would be a better plan to keep heading down the west coast and take in the mighty Big Sur that we have heard so much about from friends who have done similar trips.
    Neither park ever actually closes -- some roads are impassable -- but both parks are open year round. April and May are great months to see the Big Sur -- less fog -- but waterfalls in Yosemite and DV anytime is great.

    You probably could do both if you left the coast at San Luis Obispo and headed to Yosemite -- the pass over the Sierras will not be open, but you can approach DV from the south. Here are some route suggestions.

    Mark

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    Hi Mark,

    Thanks so much for the quick response. We will look into the route suggestions you have given us. Also, turning inland at St Luis Obispo looks like a great idea.

    We are using Cruise America to hire our Campervan (that's what they are called in NZ).

    Is the pass over the Sierra's you are talking about the Tioga Pass (Route 120)?

    Cheers!

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