i am considering a spring road trip from San Fran to Vegas, with my 2 intended destinations being 1.) Sequoia, and 2.) Death Valley. i can only spend 1 day in each park. and yes, i am the type of person who likes to check off major tourist attractions on my list -- i don't particularly want to spend 3 days having champagne with myself anywhere. (for example, i'm the type of person who will drive 4 hours from PHX to the grand canyon, spend 2 hours at the canyon, then drive 4 hours back to PHX all in one day & have a great time)
i have lame budgetary & time restrictions, but i try not to let that stand in my way of seeing the world. so here's my thought:
Day 1 - just drive from San Francisco (i have to start there, i'm there for work) to the outside of the Sequoia park, spend the night outside the park gate as close as i can (probably outskirts of Fresno)
Day 2 - spend 1 day in Sequoia park, and then...
A.) spend the night in Visalia, or
B.) drive to Ridgecrest or similar and spend the night there
DAY 3 -
--- if A.) above, then:
drive to a hotel near Death Valley, spend the night, see Death Valley on DAY 4
--- if B.) above, then:
drive the rest of the way from Ridgecrest or however far i could get, and see major sights in SOUTHERN part of Death Valley on DAY 3 (salt flats, artists drive, devils golf course, zabriskie), then spending the night in Death Valley, or else driving on to Vegas after sun down
does that make sense? i guess what i'm asking is:
do i have to set 1 whole day aside (with no sight seeing) as a travel day between the Sequoia exit & the Death Valley entrance? i do know the distances are great, but i have surprising endurance when traveling. i am perfectly willing to accept that i have to add an extra day just for driving. but was curious if the other option were possible.