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  1. Default Las Vegas,Death Valley,Sequiia Nat'l Park,Yosemite, San Francisco, etc can it be done

    Planning a trip in May flying to Las Vegas, spending 2 nights and then traveling to Death Valley & as close to Sequioa National Park as possible. Spend the night some where, go to Sequoia for the day, then travel towards Yosemite. Spend the night, spend the day in Yosemite and then head towards San Fransico for one night. Do some sigthseeing and then head south towards LA, probably stay over nightnear Santa Cruz or San Jose. Travel down 101 stop to see the sights and make it to LA for the evening. Spend 2 nights in LA and then head to San Diego. So, this is an 11 day trip, is this reasonable, we will have 2 drivers. Not sure if we are spreading ourselves to thin. First time on this forum, and really would like some good advice. Thanks

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    Default Yes, in a rush.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Your trip is doable but yes, it's a little rushed other than to get an overview of the places you are driving to. You could really do with 2 nights around Yosemite so you get at least a full day there, as it is you will have a few hours. If you want to see the coast you will have to take CA1 not 101 and you would need an overnight stop from SF, Cambria area would be good but that would leave you next to no time in SF. Where are you flying out from and how long do you plant to stay in SD ? I would consider dropping Sequoia or SD from your itinerary and having a little time to slow up and enjoy your surroundings. If you want to go ahead as you are then you could look at Lake Isabella/Bakersfield for a stopover after Death valley and Oakhurst between Sequoia and Yosemite. If you dropped Sequoia [hard to do] then from DV you would head north on US395 and head into Yosemite over the spectacular Tioga Pass [CA120] with Bishop or Mammoth making a decent spot to stop for the night.

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    Tioga Pass may not be open in May. If it is, I would definitely go from Death Valley to Yosemite over the pass, then to Sequoia, back to SF, then down the coast. However, you are probably going to have to drop something unless you can get more days.

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    Thank you for you help, it's much appreciated

  5. Default Las Vegas,Death Valley,Sequiia Nat'l Park,Yosemite, San Francisco, etc can it be done

    This is so hard to plan and see everything, suggestions on going to Yosemite first and then Sequoia might be a good option. Have to check with the rest of the crew. Looking at maps, it looked like it would be better to go to Sequoia first, spend the day after spending the night in Bakersfield, then heading up to Yosemite We will have 4 drivers and California is such a big state, it's a overwhelming. We want to be able to see as much as possible and not deprive ourselves over seeing all the beautiful places. Do you think we need more than 1 night & 1 day in San Franciso?

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    Default The perpetual dilemna.

    Quote Originally Posted by EvaMai View Post
    This is so hard to plan and see everything, ...
    This is something all roadtrippers face. It is impossible to see everything, and you are left with a choice only you can make - try to get a glimpse of everything, or really enjoy fewer locations.

    With your trip I would focus on the national parks, SF and the Pacific Coast Highway. But that's me, you would have to make your own decision.

    Lifey

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    This is so hard to plan and see everything, suggestions on going to Yosemite first and then Sequoia might be a good option. Have to check with the rest of the crew. Looking at maps, it looked like it would be better to go to Sequoia first, spend the day after spending the night in Bakersfield, then heading up to Yosemite
    Going to Yosemite first might not be an option at all, as stated the Tioga Pass into Yosemite from the east may not be open when you travel, the earlier in May the less likely it will be. With your time frame I think I would just go to Sequoia first and then it will remove any doubts as to whether or not you will, or won't be able to drive over Tioga Pass. If you are happy to 'Wing it' and not book in advance then you could wait and see before deciding which way around.

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