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    we are planning a road trip in November and need some advise we will be travelling 2 legs the first being from LA to San Fran with a stop overnight on the way any recommendations on route and sites we should take in ? 2nd leg being San Fran to death valley could we go via Yosemite Nat park on to Death Valley and again what sites should be see we will be in a convertible of some sort so any advise would be great

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    The first section of your trip is easy. You'll want to follow the coast, which is CA-1. Cambria is a good rough halfway point.

    The second part is much more complicated because of the time of year you will be traveling.

    Tioga Pass, which is the route over the Sierra Nevada Mountains through Yosemite National Park, closes for the winter once the snow makes the road impassable. Typically that is anywhere from mid-October until the end of November, although there are exceptions like this past year where it didn't close until February (crushing the old record by more than a month)!

    If it is open, it is a route you could take, however know that if you're planning to drive from SF to DV without an overnight stop, its a full day of driving all by itself, and you'll basically have no time for exploring the Yosemite Valley or any of the main attractions in the park other than Tioga.

    If Tioga is closed, then you'd basically have to go around to the south via Bakersfield. That is a 500 mile trip - but on faster roads than Tioga - but it is still a very full day that will take you a good 9-10 hours on the road.

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    The Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA is a nice stop and there are some nice motels in the San Simeon area.

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