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  1. Default October Trip - 2 days to drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas

    We will have travelled highway 1 from LA to San Fransisco staying over at Monterey on the way but have 2 days to spare before we go to Las Vegas. Does anyone have any ideas of places to visit/stay over on way to Las Vegas and the best rout to travel. Many thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Two for Two

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    There is one excellent route between S.F. and L.V. where having two days would allow you time to visit, albeit briefly, two great national parks. You will need to check to make sure that the pass is open, but what I'd suggest is going through Yosemite National Park and over Tioga Pass on CA-120. Then take US-395 south to Lone Pine CA and take CA-136/CA-190 through Death Valley National Park to the 'town' of Death Valley CA where a right and a very short drive (maybe two-tenths of a mile) on CA-127 brings you to a left onto State Line Road which you'd follow into Parhump NV and NV-160 to Las Vegas.

    Yosemite might be a bit cool so make sure that you have warm clothing (and that Tioga Pass is not already snow-bound and closed), but Death Valley should be over the worst of its summer heat and a joy to take short hikes in.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Probably the most popular and straightforward route would be to go right through Yosemite National Park. Spend a half day driving there, a half day in the park and spend the night there, then drive over Tioga Pass, and through Death Valley, into Vegas.

    The only note is that in October there is a small chance that Tioga Pass could be closed due to snow, if that's the case, you could still visit Yosemite, but you'd have to go around via Bakersfield the next day.

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