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Driving routes NPs of California

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Driving routes NPs of California

This September we`ll be traveling the South West of the US and visit Sequioa NP, Kings Canyon and Yosemite before heading to Vegas via Death Vally. Where can I find the best driving routes through and along the NPs including camping grounds as we are travelling with an RV.

Can we cross every NP or do we have to go to Yosemite to get to the other side? What roads can we take and which can`t we take with an RV? What is the best way to plan our trip?

And last but not least, what highlights should be on our bucket list for this road trip?



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1. Re: Driving routes NPs of California

Yikes! RV travel on winding mountain roads? No campsite reservations? Are you sure?

Each National Park has its own website with a link to camping information. And each NP has its own forum page.

Yosemite has information about camping linked to the Top Questions on the right side of that forum page. Reservations for Yosemite campsites opened & filled awhile ago. I'm not sure what you'll find now. There are a few First Come First Served campgrounds that might work, assuming your trip is before they close for the season.

This basic map might help: https:/…SEKImap2.pdf

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How much time do you have for this portion of the trip? Where are you starting from before going to the National Parks? How long is the RV? (And do you have RV driving experience?) Is your RV allowed in Death Valley at that time of year?

Yosemite is the only one of mountain parks that has an eastern entrance/exit (Tioga Pass). Assuming you start from LA, you'll probably go Sequoia/Kings Canyon, then Yosemite, then Death Valley.

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How long do you have the RV for? When/where are you picking it up? When/where are you dropping it off?

I would figure out Yosemite campground/RV Park reservations ASAP! And at least your weekends (Friday/Saturday) elsewhere.

Sequoia NP has vehicle length restrictions, on Hwy 198. Basically you'll want to arrive and depart on Hwy 180, Grant Grove Kings Canyon... (not on the 'South Side' / Three Rivers side of the park).


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You can’t cross Sequoia because Mount Whitney is in the way. If you don’t know what that is, please look it up. Whitney is famous for a very good reason!

It would be ridiculously expensive to build a highway across that mountain range and there are no major population centers on each side of the range that would justify the expense. Look at the parks in Google Maps in 3D or Google Earth to understand the terrain you’ll be tackling in an RV.

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