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  1. Default Yosemite to San Francisco via best route please

    Hi, our family of 4 has just learned about the blocked roads at Yosemite during early April. We prefer not to drive more than 5 hours at a time and am trying to establish the most scenic, safe and interesting route to Las Vegas. I'm thinking of two options and would welcome any informed feedback.
    1. From Yosemite we drive to Sequoia NP and then to Vegas via the 305 through Death Valley or the more direct but less interesting southern way via Barstow.
    2. From Yosemite head up to Lake Tahoe via Sonora and then to Vegas via Death Valley, skipping Sequoia.
    We hope to spend a day or a half day hiking about but would not like to have to drive with chains. We would be happy to stay overnight at Death Valley or any other worthwhile place. Thanks.

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    Default North or South ?

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    There is no such thing as a single 'best' route as there are many things to consider, your interests and time available being of most importance. If you head towards Tahoe you should know that you will not be able to cross the Sierra's on Sonara pass [SR108] or Ebbets pass [SR 4] either.

    In keeping with your wish to drive for around 5 hours a day, if you headed South you would need one stop between Yosemite and Death valley and therefor a detour into Sequoia NP would make sense. Although you will probably be breaking the '5 hour rule' the extra drive time would be spent inside Sequoia NP as part of getting around.

    Heading North to Tahoe would also require an overnight stop between Yosemite and Death valley and South lake Tahoe would be around 5 hours from Yosemite and 6 hours or so to Panamint Springs. For either option Panamint springs are the first lodging options in Death valley and would be the shortest journey time unless you stayed outside of the park. Panamint Springs to Vegas will take a litle over 4 hours plus sight seeing stops.

    Although the high ground is off limit's at this time of year in Yosemite, the valley and Wawona are accessible, with the waterfalls in the valley a spectacular sight being at full flow this time of year, however there is still a chance that snow chains will be required.

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    1. If you go through Sequoia, you can't get across the Sierras without going back out to Visalia and heading south to Bakersfield. You can take 178 through Lake Isabella or 58 to Mojave.

    2. The southernmost pass that will be open is Carson (88). The shortcut to 395 from there (Monitor Pass - 89) may or may not be open yet. If not, you can take 89 the other way (Luther Pass) to US-50, or stay on 88 down into Nevada. You can also stay on 49 to 50 to get across.

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    Thanks, would anybody like to recommend a hire car for our journey please. We are a tall family comprising two adults and two teenage kids with luggage for a month.

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    When looking through the various car sites you will find a list of models available and a list of the cargo capacity, 'organic' and non organic. A large Sedan is more likely to be the option to go for when balancing capacity and budget. The one thing to note is that is unusual to select a specific car as in each contract it will state "or similar".

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    For a long-legged family of 4 and that much luggage, there are probably 3 options - a large sedan (Chevy Impala?), a midsize or larger SUV (Jeep Grand Cherokee?), or a minivan (Chrysler Town and Country?).

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