I am planning a road trip from Las Vegas to San Francisco via Death Valley (1 night) and Yosemite (2 nights) and I want to double check on the driving direction mapquest et al give me. (I don't know if mapquest is giving me the best directions, or just sticking to the main roads.) The plan is to stay at Furance Creek for a night and then travel to the south side of Yosemite...mapquest says that this is a 7 hour+ drive (320 miles) BUT it takes me all the way through Yosemite - surely there is a more direct route from Death Valley to the south side of the Yosemite?
Alternatively, if these directions are correct (ie have to travel through Yosemite from the east) - should I perhaps find accommodation on the east side and save myself an unnecessarily long drive just to get to the south side??
Any help would be hugley appreciated!