I wanted to start by saying I think this website is amazing! The amount of information is unbelievable. I will be using this site for every trip I plan from now on.
Currently, I am planning a road trip to visit as much as I can in the west. We have 25 days (June 17th - July 11th), and a rough outline of the plan is:
-Starting in Grand Lake, CO
-Visiting Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Zion, and the Grand Canyon
-Spending a night in Vegas
-Death Valley, Sequoia/Kings Canyon, Yosemite, San Francisco
-Few days in wine country
-Driving up the coast to Seattle
-Glacier, Yellowstone, Tetons
-Back to Grand Lake
We don't have a set plan for how much time we're spending in each place. I'm sure some of them will be a quick drive through, while we will spend a day or two in others. The main goal of the trip was to see as much as we could in the time we have.
My main question is about the section from Vegas to SF. I found tons of threads on the topic, but couldn't really nail down the best way to go for what we want to see.
My original plan was to take 190 through Death Valley, then up 395 to see Sequoia/Kings, across the Tioga Pass through Yosemite, and finally into SF. From what I understand after reading through the info here, you can't see Sequoia/Kings from the east. Would you recommend driving across 178 (Sherman Pass?) and then up the east side of the parks, or skip sequoia, follow 395 to Yosemite, and take the Tioga pass instead? I've also heard the Tioga pass is incredibly busy that time of year, so maybe skipping that would be better?
Thanks for any advice you have for that section of the trip, and if there are any other 'must-see' things along the route we have, I'd love the suggestions.