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  1. #1
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    Default San Francisco/Yosemite in May

    Hi again,

    Traveling to San Francisco for 3 days then driving over to Yosemite for 4 days. We then have another 5/6 days to spend in CA. Not sure wether to drive up north to Tahoe and then over to Napa, or to drive south down to the coast.

    Not really interested in LA or very touristy attractions.

    Has anyone any suggestions?

    Thanks as always,

    Cian.

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    Welcome!

    Why not do both? What I'd recommend you do is go down the coast highway first - you can go inland at Cambria towards Yosemite. When you have had your fill of Yosemite, see how many days you have left and plan from there. If the Tioga Pass is open, I'd take that and head through Tahoe to Napa if you have time. If not, just head straight to Napa from Yosemite.

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    Default Sequoia ?

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    How about heading South around Big Sur as glc suggested, and then across to Sequoia NP, to Yosemite and then across to Napa and back to SF via the Golden gate recreation area and bridge.

    You can't go wrong, all options are awesome !

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    Thanks for the replies. Will look into them.

    Like the idea of Big Sur - Sequoia - Yosemite.

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    Decided on route.

    SF > Big Surr > Sequioa > Yosemite > Bodega Bay > SF

    Thanks for the help as always. Will come back with a report.

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    You need to keep your options open - at the present time the coast highway is closed due to landslides and a collapse and Big Sur is isolated. It may or may not be reopened by the time you are here. We also highly doubt that the Tioga Pass will be open till sometime well into June, they had a record snowfall this winter. As we speak, there's 10 feet of snow on the road.

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    You will now have to keep an eye on the status of Highway 1 between Monterey and Cambria, as since you were last here there has been a section of road collapse and many mud slides causing road closures.

    You can get all the info here.

    Edit] I see that glc and I posted at exactly the same time ! I doubt the Tioga pass will be open either but it won't have any affect on your proposed route and Yosemite valley is wonderful.
    Last edited by Southwest Dave; 04-23-2011 at 09:24 AM. Reason: Added link/comment.

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    My wife and I did the same trip several years ago. 3 nites Sf (enjoyed Alcatraz very much), 2 nites Monterrey (aquarium + big sur were highlights), Yosemite (highlight of entire trip was Mist Falls Trail), 2 nites Napa Valley (fantastic wineries). At times it felt like a lot of driving, but is entirely doable - I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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    Spoke to the hotel we're going to in Big Sur. They're not affected by the slide, so all is good.

    Thanks Phuzzy, other half loves aquariums so I'll have to bring her to it.

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    That's good about the Hotel, but if you were planning on continuing around Big Sur to Cambria to Sequoia you will need to double check before travelling as you might have to go back up through Monterey towards Los Banos and Madera. It doesn't take any longer but check with the Locals before setting out as the coastal highway South will be the more scenic option.

    Looking forward to your report, have fun !

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