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  1. Default San Fran - Yosemite-Death Valley-Zion-Torrey-Monument Valley-Vegas in November

    Hi all

    I've just started looking at planning a driving holiday in November this year.
    Looking for some help please. All advice and suggestions welcome. Or links to other similar threads appreciated.

    Arriving in San Francisco and plan on spending 2-3 days there then DAY 1 drive towards Yosemite and stay the night (or 2) somewhere in Yosemite area.

    Then drive to Death Valley stay the night somewhere along the way.

    Stay the night somewhere between Death Valley and Vegas

    Head towards Zion, stay the night

    Head towards Torrey, stay a night

    Head towards Monument Valley, stay the night

    Then head to Vegas - spend minimum of 1 night in Vegas to fly home next morning. (Have been to Vegas a few times so not bothered with Vegas really)

    Depending on how many nights we stay in San Fran 9-10 nights before we need to be in Vegas for our next morning flight home.


    Is this a realistic journey in 10 -11 days? We don't mind the driving but obviously would like a leisurely drive with ability to stop now and again to do some sightseeing. Staying a night or two in certain areas along the way.

    And are there any possible issues regarding weather in certain parts of this journey?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Welcome to RTA!

    The odds of Tioga Pass being open in November aren't too good. If it's not open, it's going to take you a lot longer to get from Yosemite to Death Valley than you may think, you have to go via Bakersfield or Lake Tahoe to get over/around the Sierras. There is a distinct possibility of snow and ice at higher elevations.

    If you are going from Zion to Torrey, make sure you dedicate half a day to see Bryce Canyon and half a day for Capitol Reef.

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    Default Grand canyon National park.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    The later you travel in November the less chance of Tioga pass being open but it's certainly possible. I would recommend 2 nights in, or close to Yosemite. It's an amazing place ! You really won't need to be spend a night between Death valley and Vegas, it's not far from Furnace creek and if you have spent the previous night in the park you could continue past Vegas on route to Zion as you say you aren't bothered about Vegas. That would open up a little more time in Zion and/or maybe Bryce canyon You don't mention the Grand canyon National park which is an obvious overnight between MV and Vegas, have you visited before and was it to the National park area and not a tour from Vegas to the West rim ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw View Post
    Hi all

    I've just started looking at planning a driving holiday in November this year.
    Looking for some help please. All advice and suggestions welcome. Or links to other similar threads appreciated.

    Arriving in San Francisco and plan on spending 2-3 days there then DAY 1 drive towards Yosemite and stay the night (or 2) somewhere in Yosemite area.

    Then drive to Death Valley stay the night somewhere along the way.

    Stay the night somewhere between Death Valley and Vegas

    Head towards Zion, stay the night

    Head towards Torrey, stay a night

    Head towards Monument Valley, stay the night

    Then head to Vegas - spend minimum of 1 night in Vegas to fly home next morning. (Have been to Vegas a few times so not bothered with Vegas really)

    Depending on how many nights we stay in San Fran 9-10 nights before we need to be in Vegas for our next morning flight home.


    Is this a realistic journey in 10 -11 days? We don't mind the driving but obviously would like a leisurely drive with ability to stop now and again to do some sightseeing. Staying a night or two in certain areas along the way.

    And are there any possible issues regarding weather in certain parts of this journey?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi,

    I'm a little confused on the amount of time you have. Are you saying you have 10-11 days after you leave SF or 10 - 11 days including the time in SF?

    Leaving SF and driving to Yosemite will take over 4 hours and daylight hours are short in November and the sun sets earlier in Yosemite Valley so make sure you spend two nights. Try and stay in Yosemite Valley if you can but you will want to make reservations.

    I would try to spend the night in Death Valley at Furnace Creek instead of trying to find a place between Death Valley and Las Vegas. You will want to make reservations though because it is their high tourist season. Spending the night will give you a chance to see more of Death Valley before heading to Zion. It will be about 300 miles from Furnace Creek to Zion so you won't have much time to visit Zion on this day so you will want to spend two nights.

    I agree with glc that you will want to spend some time at Bryce before driving Hwy 12 to Torrey. If you can spend a night at Bryce or two nights in Torrey it might give you a more leisurely trip.

    Utahtea

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