Hello again. This place is great. You all helped me last year and Iíve loved reading all the new posts, so Iím back again to seek some initial planning. After our road trip to Denver last year and reading here Iím coming up with a half baked idea for this coming August. My alma mater, Purdue, is playing Nevada in Reno on August 31st. I have family living in Las Vegas and the Pasadena area of LA. Iíve never been to Yosemite or parks in that part of the country so Iím going to be figuring out a trip that combines three main stops of Vegas, Reno on Aug 31 and LA. Iím anticipating a 10 day or so trip with LA and Vegas on either side of Reno. Iíve picked up maps, need to start looking at them more and have seen many threads here for that area. This would be flying into Vegas or possible Burbank or Ontario. I know I want to avoid LAX.
My main questions now are thoughts about how to fit in Yosemite, Death Valley, maybe Lake Tahoe and whatever else there is in that triangle. No interest in San Francisco or the coastal drive down on this trip. BTDT. A friend already told me thereís nothing between Vegas and Reno but I find that hard to believe. I know thatís a days drive but if we add Death Valley into that should it be more? Suggestions on what side of Reno to add Death Valley and Yosemite? My other concern is I know thatís Labor Day weekend so just how bad will Yosemite be if we do it after Saturday the 31st?
I am just at the beginnings of figuring this out so any initial ideas are appreciated. Thanks!