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  1. Default Rv: San Fran to Yosemite first night

    Hi there. We are planning a 2-3 weeks rv trip in June starting San Francisco around the 23rd. Our RV pickup is in the early afternoon and we were hoping to get to Yosemite (or near) by late afternoon or evening. I have 2 questions.

    1/Is this viable?

    2/Does anyone have advice on a nice "relatively" quiet rv park to stay for 2 nights as close to Yosemite NP as possible? We have 2 vehicles and 4 kids between us so it would need to be kid friendly. We are not in need of elaborate facilities as such and would prefer something as natural as possible.

    Thanks to you all, in anticipation.

    "Geddy"

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    The actual to-from is going to be key in the 'how long'. From The City itself to Yosemite Valley is about 4 hours by car; you'll probably be a little slower. But you may not be starting in SF and probably won't be staying in the Valley, so it's hard to tell.

    There appear to be several RV parks along all the major roads into Yosemite (CA120, CA41, CA140). The ones along 120 are on the direct route from SF, so from a 'getting there' perspective those would be the ones you should look at first.

    I don't RV so I have no recommendation for you on which would be good.

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    Default It's possible.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Yes, you could get to Yosemite same day depending on the time you get out of SF, but whether you will get a campground inside the park, with an RV site available, is another thing. The National parks have some great campgrounds and although they don't have resort type facilities, they are usually in a scenic, wooded area right at the heart of things. You could check out the "Lower, middle and North Pines" campgrounds in Yosemite valley for availability at the nps website, plus any other NP's you might be visiting. One other thing regarding the National parks, if you are visiting 4 or more major parks it will work out cheaper to buy the annual pass for $80 at the kiosk of the first park you visit, alternatively if you are in SF a few days they have a small store, located upstairs on Pier 39 where you can purchase one.


    The campground we stayed at on our first night, so that we didn't drive into Yosemite after dark and miss the scenery was called Yosemite Pines, it was quiet and in a nice setting that I would describe as, OK.

    Not sure where you are headed next but if you have the time you might get some tips or ideas from our San Fran, RV trip. If you need any other info just ask, enjoy the RTA pages they are full of info !

  4. Default Good roadmap book for South West?

    Hi great website and advice!
    We are doing a version of the San Francisco loop for 3 weeks hitting Yosemite, ET highway Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon and back to San Fran, shortly. Can anyone recommend the best Roadmap book to get for this?
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 05-18-2010 at 05:49 AM. Reason: Merged - Please do not create multiple threads about the same trip

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    Default atlas

    I'd think a standard road atlas would be perfectly fine for what you need. If you head over to the planning section, you'll find an entire page about map recommendations.

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    Default Detailed info.

    For our trip we used State maps that you can find in Michael's link above or local book stores, but we also printed off more detailed maps for places such as Yosemite and Grand canyon from the National parks website. [nps.gov] We also printed off finer details from a mapping program, such as directions to a campground like the one in Vegas.

    I also notes other places of interest along the routes so that we could make small detours if time allowed.

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    If you are a AAA member (or a member of an automobile club in another country) you can get free maps of each state. They will be more detailed than an atlas such as Rand McNally.

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    The AAA recommendation is an excellent one; not only can you get maps, but their roadside assistance will be available even if you're not in your own vehicle (I believe). The local AAA here in NorCal is CSAA.

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