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  1. Default LA - Yosemite - SF in 6 days: Highway 1 or Central Valley/Sierra nevada

    Hi!

    We're planning a little roadtrip from Los Angeles to San Francisco on the end of august. We've been browsing through a lot of books, websites and topics on this forum, but we're still not sure what the best way to go is.

    We have 6 days to make the trip from LA to SF, and want to see Yosemite on the way (and stay there for 2 nights). We're not the most experienced drivers, so we don't want to make too long trips on one day..
    When looking on the map, going through Central Valley seems the most logical thing to do, but when you look in travel guidebooks it seems like there is not so much to do in that area..
    When reading al the touristic information, Highway 1 is the most obvious choice, but can you combine it with Yosemite NP? Won't the distances become too long? This option also features a bit more variation than only going through Central Valley, but is it worth the hassle?


    What is the best way to go:
    a) Through Central Valley:
    * Day 1: LA -> Bakersfield??
    * Day 2: Bakersfield?? -> Sequoia NP/Kings Canyon NP
    * Day 3: Sequoia NP/Kings Canyon NP or something else in the neighbourhood?
    * Day 4: -> Yosemite NP
    * Day 5: Yosemite NP
    * Day 6: Yosemite NP -> SF

    secondary questions:
    - aren't Sequoia NP en Yosemite NP to much alike?
    - are there places/things to do you would recommend instead of 2 days in Sequoia NP?

    b) Via Highway 1:
    * Day 1: LA -> Santa Maria
    * Day 2: Santa Maria -> Montery
    * Day 3: Monterey -> ??
    * Day 4: ?? -> Yosemite NP
    * Day 5: Yosemite NP
    * Day 6: Yosemite NP -> SF

    secondary questions:
    - are Santa Maria and Monterey good places to stay for the night? would you recommend something else?
    - what is a good place to stop on our trip from Monterey to Yosemite NP, is it an interesting route or not?

    Thanks in advance for all the effort!

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    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    The simple answer is, there is no 'best way.' You have two fine options with a reasonable amount of time to do either.

    aren't Sequoia NP en Yosemite NP to much alike?
    No, you won't get tired of the many splendid views both will offer. They are alike in the fact they are both scenic wonders, but only in a way that Los Angeles is 'too much' like San Fran, as they are both City's.

    e there places/things to do you would recommend instead of 2 days in Sequoia NP?
    You haven't really got 2 days in Sequoia by the time you account for travel time. On day3 you could certainly make progress towards Yosemite so you have almost 2 full days there. I would also consider staying closer on night 1, Exeter or Three rivers both offer lodging options if you don't want the expense of staying in Sequoia NP. Going through Porterville to Exeter you will pass miles upon miles of Orange and Lemon groves.

    are Santa Maria and Monterey good places to stay for the night? would you recommend something else?
    I would consider getting a little further than Santa Maria, perhaps between Morro bay and Cambria area. This will give you more time to enjoy the scenery as you make your way around Big Sur.

    - what is a good place to stop on our trip from Monterey to Yosemite NP, is it an interesting route or not?
    Personally I would head straight to Yosemite and maximise your time there. It's a wonderful park and you could easily spend a day around the valley floor and then take trips to the high ground, the Tioga pass and Glacier point Rd to Glacier point for a view that you will never forget !

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    Thanks for you reply!
    Last edited by CyberThijs; 01-06-2011 at 02:59 PM.

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    No problem. You edited your post as I was posting my reply so I guess you knew what the answer was going to be. ;-)

    Plenty to do along the coast and in Yosemite so when you have made your decision we can help with the details if you need help. Hearst castle tours near San Simeon are pretty popular, as is the Monterey Aquarium. You could spend a morning in Monterey and then perhaps stop close to Yosemite such as Mariposa.

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