I only discovered your site this morning and have been soaking up as much info as I can all day long.
I was using a 'local' to me independent Travel Agent who specialises in Tailor-made but things were not going as I hoped and so I've suddenly booked flights and accommodation myself. It has all been a bit rushed and now I need a little guidance.
We are self-employed and have never managed more than 10 days away but the possibility has arisen for a 21 day trip!
So far it looks like this, all accommodation is booked but free to cancel (with enough notice).
28th Aug 2011 fly Manchester(UK) direct to Las Vegas and have 4 nights to catch up, enjoy LV and also take a day trip/flight to the GC.
1st Sept. pick up car and drive to Sequoia NP, staying at Wuksachi Village.
2nd to Yosemite NP, staying at Tenaya Lodge.
3rd to 5th San Francisco.
HELP(!) my first problem is that reading on this site, I really should visit Death Valley and maybe not bother with Sequoia as we are going to Yosemite.
Until I got into this site I had assumed it was easy to cross over the Sierra Nevada mountains but can I really only go south via the Sherman Pass or north via the Tioga Pass?
Should I stick with the hotels I've booked, go through DV and take the Sherman crossing then head up Sequoia? Or as I've read on posts here go to DV then Lone Pine and turn north on 395?
I thought Tenaya Lodge was in Yosemite but it seems to be miles away, do you have any better suggestions?
I'm afraid of asking too many questions and 'mudding the waters' so here is the rest of my itinerary. Please feel free to advise if I should "steal" days from one part for another. Any other recommendations would be really appreciated.
7th Santa Barbara
8th - 11th Los Angeles
12th - 14th San Diego
15th Palm Springs
16th-17th Las Vegas
18th Fly home.
I realise that this is such a popular topic and if I had more time I could probably find all the answers on other threads. However time is of the essence and any help would be fantastic.
Thanks in advance.