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Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

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Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

HI all,

we are driving this route in June 2013...I have e-mailed a few places in Lone Pine but they are all full due to a town reunion. Can someone please suggest an alternative? I have been looking at Stovepipe Wells or Furnace Creek.....What would be roughly half way in driving time for a 1 night stay?

Thanks, so much.

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1. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

You will find heaps to do between Yosemite and Lone Pine ... here's a website about Hwy 395 to show you what you can see and do along the way. You could stay at another town before Lone Pine... maybe Bishop?

http://www.395.com/

Have a look at the Creekside Inn and the Holiday Inn Express in Bishop.

It's a good idea to fill up the tank and the water bottles at Lone Pine before heading into Death Valley .. it'll be hot.

Furnace Creek will be like an oasis and you can stop for a nice lunch.... and you can continue into Las Vegas in the afternoon.

http://www.furnacecreekresort.com/

http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

You will enjoy the drive through down 395 and Death Valley ...

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2. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

Bishop prob will your best bet. Other places are Mammoth lakes or June Lake but it will add to the driving to Las Vegas next day (not that much though)

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3. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

Thanks both very much, thats so helpful. I am looking at accomodation now in Bishop.....any recommendations for 1 night that will sleep 5 people - 2 adults and 3 children. Would love a pool and breakfast included, as well as a carpark if possible.

Thanks again

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4. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

June Lake, Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, Big Pine, Independence and Lone Pine all have at least a few hotels. To accommodate 5 people you may have to call hotels, as a rollaway may be required, and some hotel Web sites won't accept that many people. (also you don't give a budget). Tried looking at hotels on Tripadvisor and seeing what's within your price range?

Caution: Death Valley will be blazing hot. Average high in June is 110F. Makes touring uncomfortable even if you just walk a bit. You might consider staying in Lone Pine and getting a very early start to hit DV in the morning. Las Vegas will also be hot (average June high 99F), but at least there you can take advantage of its "highlights" largely staying inside where there's air conditioning.

Edited: 7:22 am, September 08, 2012
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5. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

p.s. sorry, I see you tried Lone Pine. Independence and Big Pine are between LP and Bishop, though Bishop is the largest of the towns. Panamint Springs, a little before DV, has one place to stay. You can check Google Maps or Mapquest to distances and estimated driving times. Google Maps says 3 hrs. 20 mins. to Panamint Springs and 3 hrs. 8 mins. more to LV. Panamint Springs a bit higher than DV but probably also quite hot. Bishop, etc. a bit cooler (avg. monthly June high in Bishop, 92F according to weather.com).

Edited: 7:27 am, September 08, 2012
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6. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

All of Lone Pine is full? That must be a big Town Reunion! Did you try all the options listed in this Traveler Article? tripadvisor.com/Travel-g28926-c182361/Califo…

Parking will be free. These are small towns.

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7. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

Mammoth Lakes is a ski resort town so it will be cooler before you drive through Death Valley in the HEAT.

The big advantage of staying in a ski resort town in the summer is that there are lots of condos that will easily fit 5 people and it will be relatively cheap and many also have washer/dryers so doing laundry will be very convenient (if that's important for you).

You can see tripadvisor.com/VacationRentals-g60791-Revie… for a selection (you see a wide range in nightly rates -- summer rates would be on the lower end of the scale).

Of course, staying at Mammoth would mean a shorter drive from Yosemite (more time in Yosemite) and longer drive to Las Vegas (shorter time in Death Valley and later start so you're traveling more in the heat).

Edited: 12:07 pm, September 08, 2012
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8. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

Holiday Inn Express hotels have free hot buffet breakfast ... but I would email a few of the hotels and ask about that 5th person ... it's usually a state law that says only 4 in the room ... but you may find some motels have a larger room, or an adjoining room.

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9. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

Thankyou all for your input. I have found accom in Lone Pine for 1 night....so now onto Yosemite accom.

Depart San Fran, straight to Yosemite.....what do people think anout staying in El Portal vs Oakhurst or Fish Camp?

We don't want too much driving once we are there, unavoidable I guess. Will be heading from Yosemite to Lone Pine, staying in Yosemite for 2 nights.

Thanks!!

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10. Re: Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas - via Death Valley

Oops. You're still on the DVNP forum. Pop over to the Yosemite NP forum and read the Top Questions. The driving time to Yosemite Valley from these options is part of the main lodging article. Post a new question there after you've had a chance to read thru the info, maybe some reviews, and maybe even some of the Trip Reports.