We coming to the west coast in a couple of weeks (for our honeymoon!), and I'm struggling to plan the southbound trip from San Francisco to Vegas. From reading other threads in this forum it looks like the following itinerary is rather improbable;
25th - Leave Yosemite mid morning, drive to Kings Canyon via Fresno
26th - spend the day and overnight in Kings Canyon/Sequoia.
27th - Leave early morning, head to Death Valley for overnight stop
28th - Leave Death Valley midday and drive to Vegas
I've read lots of posts about;
SF -> Yosemite -> Death Valley -> Vegas or
SF -> Yosemite -> Kings Canyon -> Vegas
but none that cover both Kings Canyon and Death Valley. Am I right in thinking the restriction is the mountain passes? Presumably we either have to head east out of Yosemite via Tioga pass then down the 395 (and therefore miss Kings Canyon), or head south out of Yosemite towards Fresno and onto King Canyon (missing Death Valley)? It looks like the only way to do both is to head south through Sequoia National Monument and then onto the 178 (by Lake Isabella) then north on the 395 towards Death Valley - I'm guessing this is a long drive though and not really suitable for a couple of days?
Thanks for the help,