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  1. Default Vegas to Reno, to San Francisco, to Redwood National Park, and maybe Crater Lake

    Flying in to Vegas on May 15, to visit relatives, and then planning the above road trip.

    Did something like this before, but that time went through Yosemite via Tioga pass, and then to San Francisco, down coast road and through Sequoia National park. That was a great trip and I got some great advice from this forum about great places to stop and things to do and see. I hope it will happen again. We are planning about a 2 week trip.

    We will return to Vegas to fly home (borrowed car).

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    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default New Roads

    I am constantly on the lookout for the opportunity to drive new roads and explore new areas of the country. You've got a great opportunity to do the same here if you change your itinerary just a bit. Instead of heading for Reno and then San Francisco, etc. as listed in your post's title, consider a loop trip where you never cover the same ground twice. You can do this in either direction, of course, but I'll list it in clockwise order. From Las Vegas first head southwest and visit the Mojave National Preserve, then head west through Barstow and take the tour of Edwards AFB, home of the Right Stuff. continue west to Paso Robles and Cambria on CA-46 and take the Pacific Coast Highway (CA-1) north through Carmel and Monterey and into San Francisco. Continue north along the coast and visit the big trees around Orick and then head inland through Grants Pass to the Cascades and Crater Lake. Leave the lake headed east and pick up US-97/OR-30/CA-139 south past Lava Beds National Monument to get on US-395 south of Susanville to Reno. You can even throw in a drive through Death Valley on your way back to Las Vegas.


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    Join Date
    May 2009
    SF Bay Area

    Default Here's a trip I'll be taking in a month that may have some ideas for you...

    Starting ending in SF East Bay, but some of these spots may look interesting to you:

    Things to note about Crater Lake and Lassen in May... there's going to be snow. Here's what Crater Lake looked like on June 18, 2005:

    Photo: Don Casey

    The rim drive will be closed at Crater Lake, but you CAN get to the rim visitor center area and see the lake; it is spectacular with all that snow on the ground.

    In Lassen, one of the more popular trains, Bumpass Hell, may also be closed.

    Lastly, the 'favorite cafe' in Dunsmuir is the Sunrise (or Sunshine?) Cafe and Bakery in the middle of town. Good stop for lunch or breakfast.

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