Hi. I've been reading lots of posts and the stickies too. I think I'm ready for making questions.
We are visiting San Francisco, Las Vegas and LA. We'll start at San Francisco. Originally we were going to fly to Las Vegas from SF, but we decided to keep the car and drive, spending a night at Yosemite.
We are travelling with our two daughters (4 and 8). We can get our 8 yo to hike (she got to the top of Diamond Head in Honolulu), and I can take our little one on my shoulders or stroller for stroller friendly paths.
My plan is to leave SF at 7 AM, and get to the Yosemite Lodge at 11 AM (where we have one night booked for Oct 17th).
I was thinking on taking a look around the Hotel area, and then hit El Capitan and Tunnel view (by car). I've read that Falls will be dry: Is there a way to confirm water flow prior to our trip?
Is it a good idea to rent bikes with our daughters ages (the little one would go in a seat or trailer)? We would really like to rent bikes.
We'd also like to get to Glacier Point. I've read that it may be a good idea to stay until dark for a beautiful star display. So maybe after an hour or so of biking, we could grab the car and head to Glacier Point. Is this a good idea?
The following morning we would be on the car by 8AM, take Tioga Road (120) (History of Tioga Pass shows a high chance of it being open) to get to Las Vegas. We would stop by Tenaya Lake, then at Tuolumne Meadows, and we'll be on our way to Mono Lake (not sure if we'll stop there) to finally take 395.
I've read that it would be a good idea to replenish fuel and other necessities at Bishop. Is it so?
Then Continue through 395 up to Lone Pine, get 136 / 190 (Passing through Death Valley), arriving to Las Vegas through 160 (from Pahrump).
As far as I have learnt, this is the typical route. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Please let me know if you would change or add something to my plan (specially considering daughters' age).
I would also like to know where you would recommend to stop for gas after the 4 hour drive from San Francisco, in order to start our Journey to Las Vegas with a full tank the following morning. I've read somewhere that gas prices near or at Yosemite are higher....
Sorry for the long post and quantity of questions.
Thank you so much in advance.
MxEdited: 12:55 pm, September 19, 2013