Firstly, congrats on the RTA website, we Aussies have found it to be very useful for planning the road trip parts of our May 08 golden triangle holiday (such as discovering that Tioga Pass does not open till late May).
Secondly, we realise that the Death Valley topic has been covered by many threads in the past, however we have not found any specific info on the best scenic route.
We are planning a road trip from Las Vegas to Mariposa (gateway to Yosemite) for the start of May. We are considering a route through Death Valley,
Option 1 is via Pahrump and Shoshine onto CA178 to drive through Death Valley from south to north. Is there much to see on this route to make it worthwhile. Stopover would be a hotel at either Lone Pine or Beatty.
Option 2 is via Beatty where we would (hopefully) find a hotel to stay and do an afternoon drive into the northern section of Death Valley. How far south do you have to go into Death valley to see the best bits.
After Death Valley, we are seeking the best scenic route to Mariposa with 2 overnight stops on the way. We are thinking of a route via Kernville (stopover) and then up to a town with hotels near Sequoia NP for another stopover.
The last leg would be via Sequoia NP then onto Mariposa for a 2 night stopover - this will allow a whole day to visit Yosemite.
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
Paul and kaye.
PS. Would it be neccessary to book accommodation in advance (as this limits the flexibility of a road trip) or is it easy to come by on the road.