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    Hi there

    We're a family of 4 from London UK - 2 kids aged 11 & 13 - and we're trying to tailor a trip for ourselves in August, all help greatly appreciated. We've got the start and the end but stumped about the middle part!

    Plan so far:
    Day 1 Arrive LA - jetlagged!
    Day 2 Universal Studios
    Day 3 LA Beaches etc
    Day 4 Drive to San Luis Obispo - stay SLO 1 night
    Day 5 Heart Castle, Piedras Blancas, arrive Treebones Yurt resort Cambria
    Day 6 explore area, 2nd night at Treebones
    Day 7 Drive to Monterey - stay in Monterey
    Day 8 Aquarium etc - 2nd night in Monterey
    Day 9 Drive to SF - stay in SF
    Day 10 2nd night in SF
    Day 11 3rd night in SF
    Day 12 Maybe up to Point Reyes? then 4th night in SF

    then

    Day 19 Visit Bodie, arrive in Yosemite - stay 4 nights Curry Village tent cabin
    Day 23 drive to Death Valley - stay one night Stovepipe Wells
    Day 24 Drive to Vegas - 2 nights then fly home!

    Ideas for the mid-section:
    West coast highway north of SF - all the way to Arcata?
    Wine country - not that interested but maybe pass through
    Lassen National Park - is it worth the extra driving?
    Lake Tahoe - can't work out if its beautiful or tacky...

    But would love to hear any other ideas... What can we sensibly do with our middle week to get from SF to Yosemite? Guess we could extend the gap by staying just 3 nights in SF and 3 nights in Yosemite...

    Many many thanks for any help!

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I'd actually might look at a couple options you haven't thought about.

    One, you might visit Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. That could easily be worth spending some of your time between SF and Yosemite.

    The other might be to actually look at more options on the back end of your trip. From Vegas you could look at doing a trip out to the Grand Canyon, or a loop that includes GC and maybe Zion or Bryce.

    One other note: Bodie is east of Yosemite, and you'd want to hit that between there and Death Valley. You might want to spend a night in between Yosemite and Death Valley anyway, and also, Bodie also on a very rough road that may violate your rental agreement.

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    Default Utah.

    I think the idea to explore some of the natural wonders of Utah and Arizona would be a great addition and would add contrast to your trip . From SF you could still go North of the City to Point Reyes/Napa and then head to Yosemite rather than heading back to the City. Then a loop starting from Vegas [after Death valley] to Zion and Bryce NP's before heading South through Page [Antelope canyon/Lake Powell] towards the Grand canyon South rim, with a possible detour to Monument valley, before heading back to Vegas via the Hoover dam.

    If you are already booked in at Yosemite[?] that could be difficult as you might find it is all fully booked out now and you won't be able to change dates. In that case you can enjoy the redwoods as you make your way North from SF, Humboltd state park on the way and Redwood NP beyond Arcata. In fact you have time to go into Oregon and inland to the wonderful Crater Lake before working your way back South.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I'd actually might look at a couple options you haven't thought about.

    One, you might visit Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. That could easily be worth spending some of your time between SF and Yosemite.

    The other might be to actually look at more options on the back end of your trip. From Vegas you could look at doing a trip out to the Grand Canyon, or a loop that includes GC and maybe Zion or Bryce.

    One other note: Bodie is east of Yosemite, and you'd want to hit that between there and Death Valley. You might want to spend a night in between Yosemite and Death Valley anyway, and also, Bodie also on a very rough road that may violate your rental agreement.
    Thanks Michael. We have got Yosemite booked so that's a fixture now.
    Why do you think we need a stop between Yosemite and Death Valley - and where would you recommend?
    Really I was just hoping for some sense of how far we could wander up from SF in the time gap we have...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    I think the idea to explore some of the natural wonders of Utah and Arizona would be a great addition and would add contrast to your trip . From SF you could still go North of the City to Point Reyes/Napa and then head to Yosemite rather than heading back to the City. Then a loop starting from Vegas [after Death valley] to Zion and Bryce NP's before heading South through Page [Antelope canyon/Lake Powell] towards the Grand canyon South rim, with a possible detour to Monument valley, before heading back to Vegas via the Hoover dam.

    If you are already booked in at Yosemite[?] that could be difficult as you might find it is all fully booked out now and you won't be able to change dates. In that case you can enjoy the redwoods as you make your way North from SF, Humboltd state park on the way and Redwood NP beyond Arcata. In fact you have time to go into Oregon and inland to the wonderful Crater Lake before working your way back South.
    Dave, do you really think we have time in our 7 days to do all that up north? Any suggestions on how much to attempt each day, where to stop? Also any thoughts on Lassen?

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    Why do you think we need a stop between Yosemite and Death Valley
    Yosemite Village to Stovepipe Wells via Tioga Pass is 300 miles, and would make for a pretty full day. I don't think you would need an overnight though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    Yosemite Village to Stovepipe Wells via Tioga Pass is 300 miles, and would make for a pretty full day. I don't think you would need an overnight though.
    Ok thanks - but if we did where would be a good place to stop?

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    Put another way - what would be a good itinerary for 1 week, starting in SF, going north and ending down at Curry Village in Yosemite?

    Could we go north on coast, cut across to Lassen, then down again or is that crazy long driving? And where would be great stopping places for overnights?

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    Default A Couple More Opportunities

    Northern California is best known for its 'lost' coast and remote mountains. In other words, a lot of very scenic 'nothing'. There really aren't a lot of tourist facilities, Certainly not on the order of the aquariums, amusement parks, and museums of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and environs. If you head this way, plan on spending considerable time in nature - walking the coast, hiking through the redwoods, trekking around Mount Shasta, things like that. do not expect to be entertained. Besides the options you've already been given, you can also look at Reno/Carson City/Virginia City for some history and 'old west' flavor. With 5 days at your disposal, overfilling your days with driving is not going to be a problem.

    AZBuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbobgold View Post
    Ok thanks - but if we did where would be a good place to stop?
    Between Yosemite and DV, the place with the best selection of reasonably priced hotels is Bishop.

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