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South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

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South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

is it possible to take a nice day trip from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite? if so what is the best routes and some of the must see stops. This might be the only time we are in the area and want to fit it in if it is possible. we will be there in Mid-Sept

California
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1. Re: South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

Yosemite is not a day trip from Tahoe. It takes at least 4 hours 1 way to reach Yosemite Valley.

Can you instead steal a night from your Tahoe trip and stay at least 1 night in Yosemite?

Edited: 4:27 pm, August 04, 2012
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2. Re: South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

You could make a day trip to the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite. In September, this could be a nice (and long) day trip.

Texas
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3. Re: South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

Thanks for the advice. If we were to go to Yosemite for one night where would be a good place to stay that would be fairly cheap, but fairly nice?

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4. Re: South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

Pop over to the Yosemite forum and read the Top Questions (upper right) info about lodging. Also read marmot's August forum update.

California
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5. Re: South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

You can check www.yosemitepark.com for in park lodging to see what might be available at your budget level. Wawona and Tenaya Lodge are both at the south end of the park and would add substantially to your drive.

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6. Re: South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

If you drove from South Lake Tahoe via highway 395 to the Tioga Pass/Tuolumne Meadows area, it would be a drive of about 3 hours each way.

You could find lodging in motels in Lee Vining. You won't find any accomodation in the east end of the park unless you are camping. Tuolumne Meadowns Tented Camp may be closed by then. You might be able to drive to Olmstead point to see Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley from above, but you probably won't have enough time to visit the Valley floor, which is another 2 hour drive from the eastern entrance at Tioga Pass.

The trip to the west side of Yosemite will be considerably longer, probably 4 hours one way as described above. It is not practical for a day trip.

7. Re: South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite

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