Planning a California trip for June 2013. 2 adults, 1 child (age 9) coming from the East Coast. This is what I've got so far:
June 15: Fly into LAS, drive to Death Valley, overnight Death Valley
June 18: Yosemite Valley, overnight Wawona
June 19: Mariposa Grove & Glacier Point, overnight Wawona
June 20: Unscheduled (still in YNP), overnight Wawona
June 21: Check-out Wawona Hotel, drive to Monterey, overnight Monterey
June 22: Monterey Bay, overnight Monterey
June 23: Drive to SFO, fly home
Okay, so here are the questions:
1. Any recommendations on where to stay in Mammoth Lakes or Lee Vining? Hoping for about $150/night. Clean, family-friendly, quiet.
2. Do I have to book accommodations in advance for Mammoth Lakes or Lee Vining? My concern is that if Tioga Pass/Road isn't open yet, we'll have to change routes. Is it possible to find lodging somewhere between Mammoth Lakes and Lee Vining without reservations?
3. My back-up plan in case Tioga Pass/Rd is closed is to simply swing from Death Valley south around the Sierras, and stay overnight somewhere between Bakersfield and Fresno. Again--recommendations? And are we likely to find day-of lodging somewhere in this stretch if needed?
Any other thoughts are also of course appreciated. Oh, we do have the lodging at Wawona Hotel booked already. And yes, I wanted something in the Valley, but the Lodge at the Falls was booked already. We are okay being in Wawona, figure it will be quieter anyway.
Thanks!Edited: 4:19 pm, October 26, 2012