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  1. Default San Francisco - Big Sur - Sequoia NP - Death Valley - Las Vegas in 4 days?

    Hi guys, I am planning a trip in March from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 days. We would like to see a bit of coast, Sequoia NP and Death Valley. We are skipping Yosemite because of the weather.
    General idea was to do like this:
    Day 1. SF – Big Sur – Los Banos, overnight somewhere around Los Banos
    Day 2. Los Banos – Sequoia NP - Bakersfield, overnight in Bakersfield
    Day 3. Bakersfield – Death Valley , overnight?
    Day 4. Death valley – Las Vegas
    Do you have any advices about the route? Where to sleep, which roads to take? Places for sleeping are chosen only because of the distances, I don't really know anything about these places.

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    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Weather and Los Banos ?

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Los Banos is not an deal choice to stay if you are visiting Big Sur and Sequoia. You are actually missing a lot of the coast, back tracking a lot and not saving any mileage. I would recommend you continue down the coast to Cambria for your first night. You could then head to Sequoia NP and stay much closer to the park, perhaps Three Rivers just out of the south entrance of the park, or Exeter or Visalia. Next day travel to Death Valley, perhaps lodging at Panamint Springs or Stovepipe Wells, which will give you some time to enjoy the park as you continue to Vegas via Pahrump the following day. You can take the 'Local's route' to Pahrump by taking State line/ Bell Vista road from the junction of 190 and 127 and from Pahrump take 160 into Vegas.

    You should note however that Sequoia NP is in the Sierra Nevada just south of Yosemite and see's similar conditions so if you are skipping Yosemite purely on what you think the weather might be, then you might want to think again. Of course it's unpredictable what it will be doing at either place at the time you are travelling so keep an eye on forecasts before travelling.

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    Thanks for your reply!
    Is there any part of the sequoia forest which is worth seeing where is less likely for the roads to be closed in that part of the year? Or if the weather is bad we should just skip SNP? I don't feel like using chains etc. Thanks!

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default No way of knowing.

    Unfortunately there is no way of knowing what the weather will be doing at the exact time you visit, not until a few days before can you start to get an idea. Both Yosemite valley and the lower foothills of Sequoia can be lovely during March but they are also still in winter mode and chains might be required. Entering through Three rivers from the south and going to the Giants Forest [home of the General Sherman tree] would probably be your best bet.

    You could just wait and see and if Sequoia is looking bad you could alter your plans. From Cambria you could cut inland and head for the south rim of the Grand canyon before heading back to Vegas. You would probably need an overnight stop on route to the canyon, Needles or Kingman would be good choices for distance, or you could drop down to Lake Havasu city, the second home of London Bridge.

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