Hello, my husband and I are going on a 22-day road trip mostly concentrating on national parks along the Rockies all the way to the Pacific Northwest. We are heading down to Yosemite after visiting Crater Lake and the Redwoods but we're really not sure whether to:
a) Take the Tioga Pass/120 out of Yosemite to Lake Tahoe
b) Take I-5 down to Bakersfield and add Death Valley to our itinerary
Our dilemma is that we've read articles that describe Tioga Pass as one hell of a drive and not for the faint of heart... that it might be closed, etc. And same with Death Valley, how the desert heat and the narrow roads can be so hard on your car, nothing nearby, super steep roads...
We're heading out on September - will it already be snowing at that time? We've driven all over Colorado and Utah before but really don't know (and quite nervous) what to expect from the Sierra Nevada's.
Bottom line, which will be the easier drive? Tioga Pass or through Death Valley? Thanks in advance for all suggestions :-) We are very excited about this road trip!