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Highway 395: LA to Yosemite NP: taking the "Back Way" route!

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In July I will be driving from LA to Yosemite NP (then on to San Francisco) for the first time. There are obviously several routes possible.

I was planning to take Highway 1 up the Coast as far as Monterey then head East to YNP. But then I discovered the existence of this, alternative but intruiging route: Highway 395.

It's mentioned here:

http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/cacoast/ig/Los-Angeles-to-San-Francisco/San-Francisco-to-LA-in-One-Day.htm

as

"The Back Way: The most beautiful and interesting way to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco is too long for one day. Take I-405 north to CA 14, connect to US 395 north and follow it up the eastern side of the Sierras to Lee Vining and Mono Lake. When Tioga Pass is open, cross Yosemite National Park and head west to San Francisco. Allow at least two full days."

Any thoughts or advice? Sadly it's generally not mentioned in travel forums since it is not the usual Coastal route/ I-5 route. Where is good to stop along the way? Should I drop in at Kings Canyon or Sequoia on the way?

Thanks in advance of any help with this route or directions to any places or sites that might be able to help me plan this exciting trip!

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