United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Umbria Writers Needed
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 16, 15 at 03:13 PM
  • Writers Need for New Zealand Guide
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 15, 15 at 03:11 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Telluride Parking - Cheaper Options
  2. 2 Glacier National Park, should we cancel our plans?
  3. 3 Places to stay in TX...?
  4. 4 Highway 1 motels
  5. 5 Smoky Mountains -Cades Cove saw wolf.
  6. 6 Looking for pretty waterfront hotel for weekend trip from Detroit
  7. 7 Mackinac or Holland?
  8. 8 Best beach to try surfing around Monterey/Santa Cruz?
  9. 9 New Orleans Best Guided Tours
  10. 10 Need a short term apartment in BOSTON
  11. 11 Itinerary Advice for SLC - Moab - Zion
  12. 12 Alabama vs. Florida Beaches
  13. 13 Best Place to Stay in Asheville, North Carolina with 80 year old dad
  14. 14 Photographers Need Maine Driving Itinerary from Fairfield County, CT
  15. 15 Should we skip Yosemite?
  16. 16 Trip Report http://www.getadvancingincome.com/pokemon-fire-red-cheats/
  17. 17 Trip Report 8wks Exploring Canada, Alaska & the Northwestern States
  18. 18 Your Golden Gate Park favorites
  19. 19 San Diego Clothing Help (woman)
  20. 20 3 weeks No Cal and OR coast trip advise
  21. 21 Where are the orcas near Seattle?
  22. 22 Laguna Beach, what to do
  23. 23 driving from LA to Portland
  24. 24 Roadtrip in the South. Help on when to go!
  25. 25 Trip Report NYC - Sargent - Sorolla
View next 25 » Back to the top

Yosemite, Death Valley, the Coast in one week in March?

Jump to last reply

I'm trying to put together an itinerary for the last week in March. I really want to go to Yosemite but not if there is a lot of snow and chains would be required, trails closed, etc. I realize it is not likely to happen, but also that it is possible. I was going to come up with a completely alternate plan but I was wondering - if there were to be a storm at the beginning of the week, wouldn't it then be highly unlikely that roads and trails would still be screwed up by later in the week?

What do you think of these itineraries? Drives times are from mapquest which allows for longer than google maps so hopefully these are really reasonable times. And is this enough time in the parks (I realize more would be better)? (we tend to be able to be up and on the road by 8am, 9 at the latest, some days could be even earlier)

Plan A
Sat - drive Lafayette - Yosemite 4 hours, all afternoon in the park
Sun - Yosemite all day (will stay in El Portal)
Mon- Yosemite till about 2pm, then drive as far as Bakersfield (4 1/2 hours)
(I know it's a pit, we're just going to sleep there)
Tues - drive to Death Valley (4 hours) - afternoon in the park
Wed - Death Valley all day
Thur - in park till around1, then drive to Santa Barbara (6 hours)
Fri - Santa Barbara area, to San Luis Obispo
Sat - drive up Rt 1 - Have to be at SFO for a 9:30pm flight

Plan B
Sat - Lafayette to Monterey
Sun - Monterey to Santa Barbara via Rt 1
Mon - most of day in Santa Barbara area, drive to Ridgecrest (3 3/4 hr)
Tues - Most of day in Death Valley
Wed - Death Valley till about 2 pm, then drive to Bakersfield (4 hr)
Thurs - Bakersfield to Yosemite (4 1/2 hr), afternoon in the park
Fri - all day in the park
Sat - in park until 2 or 3, then drive (4 hr) to SFO (for 9:30 flight)

Do you think it's safe to not have a Plan C - which would not have any Yosemite?

Do you think it's safe not to book hotels except for the ones in the National Park (e.g. El Portal - I know it's not IN the park and Death Valley)?

25 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement