as newbie forum travellers from Aus, I have seen various posts about parts of our questions elsewhere, but can someone in the know please help us with items of note to do on the following route we have planned out. We are in a hire car and using hotelling/cabins etc, travelling in early June.
We have spent ages (I need a holiday just from doing that!!) mostly mapping our route but have slightly variable times b/n main bookings. We are fit and able bodied late 50s, but given that we want to see a fair bit we are limiting our walking to maybe one hour or so trails at most. Unless someone can tell us of something a bit longer that is well worth it!
All advice gratefully accepted.
1). Jacob Lake to Vegas. We will be leaving Jacob Lake on a Saturday morning. Can arrive in Vegas at the latest early afternoon Tues, but preferable late Monday, due to more time on point 2). Planning on going the Bryce--Escalante--Torrey areas to as high as perhaps Fishlake, but trying to see most of the best spots in this area. This is where we are floundering a bit, as there is so much info out there. Hidden gems, things not to miss, rough time scale etc please.
2). Leaving Vegas either Wednesday or Thursday depending on arrival (2 nights only..we're not really into the Vegas sort of thing), then we are heading to Yosemite, getting there on the Monday to avoid the weekend crowds (??!!). Planned route "east side" Death Valley--Lee Vining--Lake Tahoe at least. Then maybe a bit further north, but regardless then coming back down the west side, to join up to heading east again on either route 4 or 108, so that we "enter" Yosemite westwards via Tioga Rd. Which is better? 4 or 108? Or perhaps something else? We are willing to do a small run backwards of a road already travelled on the east side, as we consider Tioga entry a must, unless someone says otherwise.
3). We are spending a few days at Yosemite, then heading over to Fort Bragg via Williams fairly quickly for a coast run down to San Fran. Is it worth going through Sacramento to have a quick look, or are there better sights going north or south of the city?
4). Is there some sort of "go in all the parks" pass we can buy? It seems we are going to be encountering lots of park passes along the way and this will make it easier.
Thanks in advance.