Hi to you all and Happy New Year from rainy old England.
My wife and I are planning a trip from San Francisco to Vegas via Yosemite at the end of April/early May. I figured that because Tioga Pass will almost certianly still be closed I could include Kings Canyon/Sequoia/Death Valley on our journey rather than taking the (I assume) relatively boring route of Fresno/Bakersfield/I15.
But I would love some advice on timings.
I've done Yosemite before (one of the greatest experiences of my life, toasting marshmallows over an open fire while watching the night sky/Milky Way). Anyway, back on subject!
My wife hasn't seen Yosemite before and I'd love her to see it. Planning to leave Cisco for Yosemite on morning of April 30, explore in afternoon and staying in park overnight.
Next day plan leisurely drive out of park, down to Fresno and east to Kings Canyon/Sequoia.
Is Kings Canyon scenic byway likely to be open and how long would this road, to the end and back, take to drive?
We'll either stay in Sequoia park over night or head out of Ash Mountain entrance and go a bit further south, depending on how many miles weve done that day.
Next day head into Death Valley NP and then down to Vegas.
Would this stretch be a long drive?
I know this sounds like quite a lot of ground to cover in three days, but we are used to driving long distances, we're not the types who go hiking (quite happy to see sights from the car, with occasional pull overs to see views).
Does this schedule sound realistic? I don't want to overstretch ourselves distance-wise one day, or leave slack when we could have gone further. Just want to get the timings right.
With the above timings how many hours on the road are they likely to be each day? When you see these things on a map they look so close together but I realise they're often hundreds of miles apart.
Also, I read that snow can fall at the higher elevations any time of year. Does that mean I should carry snow chains/blankets/warm clothing just in case or will I be okay in early May?
I know some of you may suggest detours to see this sight or that sight but we really want to get to Vegas in three days if we can. If it's realistic without stretching ourselves...
All suggestions greatfully received.
Look forward to seeing your fabulous state again soon (hopefully we'll be moving to California in not too many years!)