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

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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)?

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