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  1. #1
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    Default San Diego, Jackson Hole how to see Sequoia or Yosemitie

    We will be starting our trip in Chicago and going through Denver and Utah to see Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon, then to San Diego to visit family for a few days. Then off to Jackson Hole Wy. To visit friends. The kids want to see some big trees so we were thinking Sequoia but it looks like the route will have us double back out of the park and then head south and either back up 15 north or 395. We will have a stop over somewhere along the way and we are tent camping so any suggestions on stops would be great. Thanks

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    Welcome to RTA!

    No doubling back will be needed. Head north through or around LA to Bakersfield, then take CA-99 or CA-65 to the Visalia area, then into Sequoia through Three Rivers. Leave the park to Fresno, then you can take CA-41 to Yosemite and leave the park via CA-120 over Tioga Pass to US-395. 395 will take you to Reno to I-80.

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    Default You will need more than one overnight stop.

    We will have a stop over somewhere along the way
    Yosemite also has Mariposa Grove of giant Sequoia trees near the south entrance. The scenery from Tioga Pass across the Sierra Nevada is quite stunning. Although if you are planning on driving from SD to Jackson with just one overnight stop, you won't have time for either.

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    Thanks for the info. We might have to plan for another nights stop. It would be a shame to miss them when we are so close.

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    Default Certainly worth it.

    Indeed it would. If you can manage at least one more night you would not be disappointed.
    You could spend night one 'in' or around Yosemite. The following day you could look to stop around Elko NV giving you a little time to admire the views along Tioga. This would still be a little rushed, but worth it if it's all the time you can spare. If 3 nights were an option, then you could really enjoy the magnificence of Yosemite, or visit Sequoia as well.

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    Default Summer trip planned any advice or trip changes welcome. Thanks

    Leaving Chicago 7/20 early morning arrive Ogallia NE. 1 night
    7/21 arrive Capitol Reef NP. 1 night
    7/22 Bryce Canyon 1 night
    7/23 long day, drive from Bryce to San Diego. Depart San Diego Sunday 7/27
    1 night in Filmore Ut.
    7/28 arrive Teton Village 2 nights.
    7/30 arrive Yellowstone 2 nights Bay Bridge
    8/1 arrive Custer SD. 1 night
    8/2 head for home stopping somewhere for 1 night.
    Thanks for any input, and anything we must see at any if the stops, we haven't been to any of these places.

    Moderator Note: Please don't create multiple threads about the same trip.
    Last edited by Midwest Michael; 07-12-2014 at 08:10 AM.

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    Default killer days

    I think you need to rework the start of your trip, especially day 1 which is a killer.

    Sycamore to Ogallala, NE is nearly 750 miles, which is way too much to start a trip. Real world conditions, that's going to take you at least 13-14 hours, and is simply beyond the limits of safety. Such a trip would be illegal for a professional truck driver. Even if you safely cover the ground, it will set you up for a trip where you are going to be tired and cranky for the next several days. You didn't say who the "we" in this trip is, but if it includes kids, the downsides are even bigger and you won't have time at all for any breaks outside the car.

    Day 2 isn't much better, at nearly 650 miles and is still pushing the limits of what a professional driver is allowed to do. Trying to do such a drive won't leave you any time for stops, over a very scenic section of road, and doing it after driving nearly 750 miles a day earlier is a very bad idea.

    Over your first two days, Grand Junction, Colorado really is about as far as you should try to go, with an overnight in Kearney or Lexington. Also keep in mind, if you're thinking about camping, that does require more time for setup/tear down and getting to campsites, which usually aren't right next to the highway like motels.

    From there, If you did Grand Junction to Bryce, that would be doable, giving you about a half day to look around Bryce. Another option you might consider is look at Arches/Canyonlands and/or Zion, since those are both closer to the Interstate. Any way you look at it, you need 3.5 days to get from Chicagoland to San Diego, so you aren't going to have a lot of time to look around, but with 4 days you can do at least a little exploration. If you want to see both Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon, then you're going to have to give yourself at least one more day to get to California.

    Your trip home looks much better. Getting to Jackson in 2 days shouldn't be too bad, although I'll note that Yellowstone is a huge park, and it really takes at least 2-3 full days just to see the highlights. You might look at only spending 1 night in the Tetons, and 3 in Yellowstone, but if you stick with your current plan, make sure you leave the Tetons early after your second night so you have most of that day for Yellowstone. The day you leave Yellowstone, you won't have time to look around, because it is another very full day to get to South Dakota.

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    Default Bad start.

    Right at the start you have a problem. You need 2 overnight stops to get from Chicago to Capitol Reef. It's just not possible to do almost 1500 miles in two days and remain alert. It is risking your safety and that of those that share the road with you. You then plan to drive 675 miles on day 4 when you will already be exhausted ! You need a minimum of 3 overnight stops to get from Chicago to SD by the most direct route, you will need another to visit Capitol Reef and Bryce. Your first night should around Grand Island, 2] Glenwood Springs, 3] Capitol Reef, 4] Hurricane or St George while visiting Bryce canyon on route. The next part of your trip is OK but you are going to have to cut a day from your SD stay to make this work.

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    Sorry for double posting. Thanks for the advice, re working the trip now.

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