I just joined this site and really like it. We have been driving as a family out west for 6 years and have lots of fun. There seems to be lots of knowledge about the Seirra Nevada areas and parks and we need it.
We are planning a trip from Illinois to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Death Valley to Las Vegas. I'm planning on going south on 395 from Carson City to Tioga Rd into Yosemite. After a couple of days, travel to Kings Canyon and Sequoia. Would be able to leave Yosemite in the AM, drive to Kings and Sequoia, stay one night in that area and have adequate time to see those two parks in that day and most of the next? We would probably head then to Hwy 178 to get to Death Valley. Maybe stay on the way. I need to plan the mileage but any specific tips on this area or driving through. We really like staying in the NP lodges/inns if possible. We probably have about 5 or 6 days once we get to Western Nevada to Lax Vegas. We don't want to be rushed but some parks are doable in a few hours/half day.