Hi all, I have been reading some posts on related topics but I would like to know the most scenic route given I only have 2 days (1 night) to get from SF - LV and I would like to travel through Yosemite and Death Valley (I KNOW I should take longer but I can't so please don't tell me to buy a postcard instead :) we are a family of 5 with a 8 week old baby from Australia and trying to pack in as much as we can. I would like to know the best place to stay to break the trip up and any ideas on accommodation would be good. I have heard it gets hot out there, how hot are we talking? I am going to hire a full size 8 person van, does this sound ok? Are they very economical on gas?
DAY 1: My thoughts are leave SF early 6am and travel to Manteca - Merced then up the 140 to Yosemite Village (have lunch there??) then make my way out to the 120 and head to Lee Vining then down to Bishop. Is this ok? naturally we will be stopping for sites etc. What and where are the major sites to stop at along the way?
DAY 2: Down to Lone Pine and through Death valley up to Beatty then through to LV, once again all the questions except for accommodation in Vegas.
Thanks heaps I am really looking forward to reading the replies.