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Lee Vining to San Francisco

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Lee Vining to San Francisco

We will be traveling the first part of June from Las Vegas and would like to head up to Lee Vining and over to San Francisco. How long/what kind of a drive might that be and what are the roads like? Would rather try to go this route than up the middle of California. We will be heading down the coast to LA after SF. Thanks for any information!

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1. Re: Lee Vining to San Francisco

First of all, you'll need to make sure the road is open. The route from Lee Vining goes through Tioga Pass, which is closed in winter by snow. It opens whenever there's enough snow melt and the state highway department is able to clear out debris and get the road in proper shape for travel. It can happen in May, but early June is borderline. I have experienced it reclosing after opening for the season because of an unexpected snowstorm in early June.

The other thing is, you don't want to go straight from Lee Vining to San Francisco. Not because you can't (it's less than 300 miles), but because the route it goes right through Yosemite and you definitely want to spend some time there. At least an overnight stay, longer if you can.

The road is all paved. From Lee Vining into Yosemite, it is undivided and mountainous (narrow and curvy, but not dangerous as long as you're sober). After you leave Yosemite, parts of it are undivided and parts are freeway, until the town of Manteca. After that, it's freeway the rest of the way to the Bay Area.

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