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Yosemite Valley from Las Vegas

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Yosemite Valley from Las Vegas

Hi,

I was wanting some advice about driving from Las Vegas to Yosemite Valley and then to san francisco. We will be leaving Las Vegas hopefully around 9am and ideally spend 2nights in Yosemite [or enroute to Yosemite] before heading and arriving in San Fran by the 4th day.

Is it recommended that we should stay a night somewhere between Las Vegas and Yosemite valley and if so where? We want to stay in Yosemite Valley on the second night and hopefully that morning do a hike around the area. Is the itinerary too jam packed?

this is what we are imagining:

Day 1 : leave las vegas 9am, ??stay somewhere enroute to Yosemite Valley

Day 2: drive out to Yosemite vallet, tunnel view or hike to see El Capitan, sleep in Yosemite Valley

Day 3: Leave Yosemite Valley to San Fran

Do we need an extra day?

We will be using rental car, so any information or tips would be much appreciated

Thank you so much in advance!

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1. Re: Yosemite Valley from Las Vegas

I’d definitely add that extra day as a minimum, driving from Vegas to Yosemite is too much in a day and pretty rushed in 2. Most important thing though is when as there are winter road closures every year, often until mid June.

All the best.

Edited: June 07, 2018, 8:16 pm
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2. Re: Yosemite Valley from Las Vegas

Hi

Open the full TripAdvisor website. Look at the Top Questions on the right. Read "FAQ: What is a good route to travel to Yosemite (or to San Francisco) from Las Vegas?"

Many folks spend a night between Las Vegas & Yosemite Valley. That article describes Lone Pine, but you might prefer another town so that you'll be closer to Yosemite NP.

You could easily spend a full day along Tioga Road enjoying Tuolumne Meadows and other area attractions. You could easily spend a full day or two in Yosemite Valley. You could fill a day with Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome and then Mariposa Grove. That's more nights than you've allotted. Either add more nights or decide what is most important to you in Yosemite and only go to your own Must See / Must Do. The Yosemite forum has its own Top Questions with ideas.

Book lodging in Yosemite Valley beginning one year in advance. If you're visiting this summer, you may have to search and search to find something appropriate. Lodging is the first topic in the Yosemite Top Questions.

Note that there are three exits on the western side of Yosemite NP that might work for your drive to San Francisco (only abbreviated SF.) If you need tips for SF tourism, use those Top Questions. There is even a topic about where to stay with free parking in SF.

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3. Re: Yosemite Valley from Las Vegas

Plan one night along the route between Las Vegas and the eastern entrance of the park

It is at least 2 hours driving between the eastern entrance of the park and the valley floor. It is an utterly beautiful drive and you don't want to miss that by haveing to drive it in the dark.

You could stay in Lone Pine, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, or Lee Vining.

I would suggest you get to at least Bishop for the night. The drive along the eastern sierras is really amazing and you will enjoy it if you give yourself time

The Yosemite Valley floor accommodations start booking a year in advance. Get working on it to try to secure a place

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4. Re: Yosemite Valley from Las Vegas

We have stayed in Lone Pine, Mammoth Lakes, and Lee Vining.

Lone Pine is best located if you are spending any time in Death Valley. They have multiple hotels and places to eat. Lone Pine and Bishop are hot and dusty during the day.

I like Mammoth Lakes. It is a scenic ski resort that has a good number of restaurants and multiple lodgings. They also have a decent sized supermarket. There are lakes, waterfalls, and horseback riding. It is at altitude so it is cooler. You will probably not sleep as well though since it is at altitude.

Lee Vining is the last hamlet before Yosemite. It is a village without much there. It is as close as you will get to the eastern park entrance. We stayed at one of the few hotels and ate at one of the few restaurants there and both were fine.

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