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    New to this forum and looking for advice on a trip Im planning for Sept 2019. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids (ages 9 and 12). To set the stage - We have done a multi day national park driving trip and loved it. So looking for some adventure and great scenery for my hubby who is a photographer. Im in the early planning stages so looking to see if this is a good plan... Only must dos are Bodie and Yosemite.

    Fly into SF (3 nights - thinking Alcatraz, Muir, bike across Golden Gate?), drive to Tahoe (1 night- not sure what to do but pics look amazing ), drive to Yosemite with stop in Bodie Ghost Town, Yosemite (3 nights), drive to Santa Cruz (hoping for whale watching trip), fly out San Jose.

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    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    That sounds like a very nice trip. Since you're only spending one night in Tahoe and you want to see Bodie, I'd probably spend one night on east side of Yosemite in/around Lee Vining, that way you won't be rushed trying to see Tahoe/Bodie nor would you be rushed trying to explore Yosemite's wonderful high country as you go over Tioga Pass. And then have your following 2 nights as close as you can to the Yosemite valley.

    You should also be aware that the last few miles of the road to Bodie are a very rough and unpaved, and that could potentially violate the terms of your rental car agreement. You should probably double check what your rental companies policies are, and certainly use extra caution to avoid an unpleasant and expensive surprise.

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    That was great advice about the rental car agreement. Many of us don't realize the problems you can run into.

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