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  1. Default Yosemite to Death Valley to Vegas in May...a first timer!

    Hello

    We are planning to undertake the above drive as part of a wider holiday in California in early May. Coming from the UK and having read a few guide books I'm getting slightly nervous about what is involved!

    Can I ask the following:

    -What is the best route at that time of year? I'm seeing a lot of "this road may be seasonally closed" on Google's directions!

    - We are planning an overnight stop in Furnace Creek. Is that a good place to stop / is there anywhere better?

    - how long is it likely to take?

    - Any recommended stops on the way?

    - Any general advice?

    Thanks for your help.

    Andy

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    Default A Great time for waterfalls!

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyM View Post
    -What is the best route at that time of year? I'm seeing a lot of "this road may be seasonally closed" on Google's directions!
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! Hopefully, we'll have enough of a snowpack this year to keep the Sierra Nevada mountain passes closed until the end of May at the earliest! Which doesn't mean that you won't have an awesome time visiting Yosemite in early May. But you'll have to use either US-50 near Lake Tahoe or the southern route to go over the Sierras on your way to Death Valley. I'd recommend US-50 so you can see all of the gorgeous country on your way south on US-395.
    - We are planning an overnight stop in Furnace Creek. Is that a good place to stop / is there anywhere better?
    Depending upon the weather, Yosemite NP to Furnace Creek via US-50 would BE A VERY LONG DAY! 10 to 12 hours. I'd suggest you stay in Mammoth Lakes or Bishop and then go south.

    Furnace Creek has both a nice motel and very fine 4-Star inn.

    More information about your possible routes here.

    Mark

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