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We are planning a trip to California in May/June starting in San Francisco then onto Monteray, Carmel and Carmbria, we then intend to spend a few days in Yosemite after that driving to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park back to Las Vegas and home, does this sound doable, also not sure how long to stay in some places.

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1. Re: Best Route

Certainly this trip is do-able. Of course you'll get the best feedback from the individual destination forums; for example, the San Francisco folks can steer you toward a hotel in your price range, let you know what activities to pre-book, and where to pick up your rental car as you leave The City.

Google Maps is a great tool to use. If you enter Monterey CA to Yosemite Valley CA, it will give you a purple route. Now drag part of the route south along Highway 1 to include Cambria and it will recalculate the total miles. However, do NOT read the travel times; they are wrong. Ask locals on the destination forums. (Somehow Google Maps has all of us driving at least 55 mph even on narrow windy roads or roads with a speed limit of 25 mph.)

From Yosemite, you can travel thru Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Pass, but only when the road is open. Here's the historical opening dates: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tiogaopen.htm Do you feel lucky? If not open, you'll need to drive back to the central California valley and travel thru Fresno & Bakersfield to get to Las Vegas. The other National Parks you've targeted would best be described by locals on those forums.

Go to each destination forum. Read the "Overview" and "Things to Do." Read some of the forum entries, then post your question. Be specific ~ age of travelers, what you want to do (drink wine looking at the view or hike for 4 hours), and the lodging style prefered with price range.

For a trip like this, I think I'd recommend at least a night or two in each destination. You'll be traveling a long way to see some beautiful places; slow down & enjoy them!

May 25, 2009 is our Memorial Day holiday. That weekend will be a busy travel weekend.

This is a relevant travel blog from someone who traveled around your time frame travelpod.com/travel-blog/…tpod.html. Somersetboy wrote an excellent description of his trip, tho' it was in September: tripadvisor.com/members-forums/SomersetBoy Read his USA Trip of a Lifetime.

Happy Planning!

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How much time do you have for this trip?

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Ah Tet. You go to the heart of it. I just assumed that Karen has almost unlimited time; she only wanted to know if the route was do-able. Your question puts reality back into the vacation!

I hope you are able to give her some of your excellent advice. The tips you offer travelers are great!

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Thanks PacificNW, now I have to come up with an excellent itinerary. You already gave Karen excellent info. Wouldn't that be great....unlimited time!

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