We will be driving from SF to El Portal to stay two nights and visit Yosemite. It looks like driving directly between the two will take about 4 hours, which will eat up a lot of the day. Since we would not arrive at El Portal until the late afternoon at the earliest, are there any suggestions for places to stop along the route so that we can make the most of our "travel day?"
We have been reading that stops in the gold rush junction (Sonora, Jamestown) might be good. Any preferences between these towns on things to visit for a couple hours before continuing on to Yosemite?