Hi there! My bf and I are flying into SF from Toronto, Canada in mid-April and plan on driving down to Vegas after a brief jog north of SF to Sonoma. I am using Google maps to try to determine the best route through the Sequoia National Forest and then Death Valley, but need some advice on the best routes...
-- Is I-5 or I-99 better to Fresno? From Fresno, it looks like we should head east on 180 to get into the park and see the large sequoias and take 198 south out of the park.
Is it better to head south all the way to Bakersfield and then across on 58/14/395/178
OR is the faster route to turn at Delano onto 155/178/395/190?
We would be looking to crash somewhere after going through the Park before tackling the drive through Death Valley and Vegas, and not sure again if Bakersfield is our best option?
Any great advice on this route would be most appreciated... we had wanted to do Yosemite and go across, but given the Tioga Pass will be closed, figured that we would skip Yosemite this time and at least see the giant sequoias... good decision or not?
Thanks so much for the advice!
Cheers from the Great White North