we are in southern CA, planning a trip on xmas break(about 4 days). destination needs to be within 10 hours' driving range. so, we are thinking about yosemite. (do you have other suggestions?) i got a couple of questions to ask:
1, should we stop by death valley np or kings canyon np? will they be similar to yosemite? even we stop by, we won't spend more than 1 day. will this make the tour exhausted?
2, is it a good time to visit yosemite? we do not want to ski this year, but we prefer to see some snow and feel cold. will a lot road's closing make the trip boaring/not worth going?
3, we are thinking to tour mono lake or mammoth lake. which is better? if not skiing, is that worth going?
4, where is better to lodge? any suggestion? do we definitely need to reserve in advance? anyway to save $$, like bid online? we do not even mind to stay a little far from the park...
sorry we are not American and have not been here very long that's why we need help. this is our first time trip planning. so...
appreciate all your help. please help