I am planning to travel from Las Vegas to Yosemite NP as part of a trip this Summer. If I put the route into map wizard it takes me in a wide arc through Bakersfield and Fresno - about 460 miles. I would prefer a route which enables me to take in a day around Death Valley NP, staying the night somewhere around the north of the park area - then on to Yosemite. The Highway 95 route via Beatty and Tonopah is only 300 miles and seems better to me.
My questions are
I'm a bit concerned that this route does not come up on Map Wizard - would there be any problems travelling this way?
Any suggestions regarding somewhere suitable to stay around the north end of Death Valley en route?