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Best route

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Best route

We are doing a tour of California next May this is our itinery so far:

Arrive San Franscisco 3 nights

Carmel 2 nights

Cambria 2 nights

Yosemite 3 nights

Mammoth Lakes 1 night?

Zion 1 night

Bryce 1 night

Lake Powell 2 nights

Grand Canyon 2 nights

Las Vegas 3 nights then home

We stuck at the Mommoth Lakes bit as are not sure of the best route to Zion and how long it will take, would it be better to stay somewhere on route if so where or shall we stay at Mammoth and leave early in the morning for Zion. Hope this is not too detailed.

Washington State
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1. Re: Best route

It is extremely unlikely that Tioga Pass will be opened next year by May so Yosemite to Mammoth Lakes is not 100+ miles; it's over 400 miles. If you want to see the Tuolumne Meadows high country, you'll need to delay your trip till June.

How about this:

SF -> Yosemite -> Carmel/Monterey -> Cambria -> Zion (huge driving day) and so on.

You might even want to put Las Vegas in the middle, then continue with the National Parks tour.

And not to worry you, but DNC Yosemite lodging began taking reservations for May 2010 a month ago!

Santa Cruz...
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2. Re: Best route

Pacific NW has given you the way to go if you come in May, when you will not be able to cross Yosemite from west to east over Tioga Pass because the road will be closed.

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3. Re: Best route

Roughly when does the Tioga Passs open as the route I have planned means we would be leaving Yosemite on 1st June 2010

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