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  1. Default Advise needed pls - LA to northern CA on Sep., driving RV with 2 kids

    Hello all,
    We are a couple with 2 kids (4 & 6.5 years old).
    We are planning to rent a RV in LA and drive up north next month (mid September).
    We can have the RV for 7 days (can extend to 9 days).
    We do not want to be driving more than 4 hours a day.
    Route to see interesting & fun places we thought about: Sequoia and Yosemite national park, San Francisco and maybe Tahoe lake.
    Then, we would like to go back south on route no. 1.

    From things we read, it is a good season for Yosemite and Sequoia.

    Can anyone advise about Lake Tahoe? Is it a good time? Also, can we get there within the 7 days time frame without driving more than 4 hours a day?

    This is our first visit to the US, first time with RV and first road trip ever :)
    Would appreciate any advise regarding route,
    How many nights should we spend at each spot, RV parking lots, interesting places on the way and anything else relevant.

    Thank you !

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    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default 9 days would be a lot better.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums.

    To include Tahoe in your plans I would certainly be looking at making it a 9 day trip to give enough time to explore the places you are visiting. Just to put yourself 'there', ideally you would have to extend your driving hours a little on some days, but that shouldn't be an issue if you break the journey with a couple of stops along the way. If you can get vacancies in the NP campgrounds they are hard to beat for cost and location, but not all have hook ups.

    Entering Sequoia NP from the south there are length restrictions on the Generals highway, which is a twisty narrow road in places, so you may have to enter the park from the north on 180 depending on the size of RV and how confident you are with larger vehicles. If you stay in Sequoia the first night you would have a little time for exploring that day and the following morning. Next Yosemite, I would try and book one of the 3 'Pines' campgrounds in Yosemite Valley although you could break the journey to Yosemite with a night in Oakhurst if you don't leave Sequoia until after lunch. I would recommend 2 nights in Yosemite and a at least a day and a half to get around. Then you could exit Yosemite over the spectacular Tioga Pass [CA120] to Lee Vining and head north to Lake Tahoe. There are a few campgrounds near South Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay, Camp Richardson being more of a resort. It's a journey you could do in a day with plenty of sight seeing stops to break it up. Then from Tahoe to SF where again you could spend a couple of nights to see the sights and include an Alcatraz tour, recommended. From SF head south along the coast and break the journey with one or 2 overnight stops on route back to LA.

    SF is not RV friendly and the City parks are pretty cramped and expensive, but OK for sleeping and getting transport into the City. I would consider booking in advance because they are limited.

    September can be a great time to travel and is our favourite time of year. In fact we are spending a night at Tahoe mid -September ourselves !

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