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  1. Default Road trip sanfrancisco to yosemite to death valley onto pheonix

    Hello Everyone,
    We are planning a road trip first week of november and was wondering if it would be ideal to go from San Francisco to yosemite and then onto death valley.
    Has anyone ever been through this route before and any suggestions ?
    This will our first road trip and any advise you can give will be appreciated.:)

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    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    If you spend a little time looking around this site, you'll find that trips from San Francisco to Las Vegas, via Yosemite and Death Valley are the single most popular and most discussed trips on this forum. There is a ton of information if you spend a little time looking around.

    As far as if it will be ideal for YOU, it largely depends upon two things - one you can control, one you can not. The thing you can control is time. You didn't say how much time you have for this trip. If you've got a week for the trip, it could be fantastic, if you've got 2 days, then the detours wouldn't really be worth your time.

    The one thing you can't control is the weather, and early november can potentially be a problem. Tioga Pass, the road across the Sierra Nevadas through Yosemite National Park, typically closes for the year sometime between mid-October and late November depending upon when snow makes it impassible. Even if the road is not closed for the season yet, sometimes a storm can force short term closures. If Tioga Pass is closed, then the easiest way to get between Yosemite and Death Valley is to go all the way down to the Bakersfield area to cross the mountains, and then go back up to DV. That still could be a worthwhile trip, but it does add some time and miles.

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