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Road Trip - Death Valley to san Fran

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Road Trip - Death Valley to san Fran
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Hi All,

We will be in Death Valley for a few days in late February 2022. We plan to travel to San Fran for a further 4 days.

We would love to goto Yosemite Park but seems likely that weather will not be on our side or snow chains are required (which may be difficult with a rental car)

We would love to see the Sequoia trees.

Can you please recommend some options (if possible to do this) or if not maybe a good route to take between DV & SF with an overnight stay.

I have seen options of Lake Tahoe/kings Canyon but not sure what is best to do?

Thanks in Advance

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In February for 100 % the Tiaga Pass (east entrance to Yosemite Nationalpark) is closed.

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/seasonal.htm

So you'd have to go south around the Sierra via Bakersfield. You can see Sequoia trees in Sequoia Nationalpark. But you have to have a look for possible road closings and driving conditions. With a rental car you are not allowed taking snow chains.

https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/winter_driving.htm

Edited: April 15, 2021, 5:57 pm
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Hi

This is the Yosemite forum, so I'll offer the Yosemite options.

In winter, you are required to carry tire chains in your car ... even rental cars, even 4WD cars. If chains are made mandatory, you decide if you want to stay put (safer) or to put them on your rental car and thus void your insurance.

Chains are only required when needed. Much of the winter the roads are kept snow-free.

Mariposa Grove is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias. It's just inside the South Entrance of Yosemite. Another option is the Tuolumne Grove which is near Crane Flat and requires that your drive at a higher elevation (and thus slightly more likely that chains will be required.)

Please look at the top questions on the right side of this page. Full TripAdvisor website.

On your drive from Death Valley NP to San Francisco (easily abbreviated SF), you would drive around the southern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, to Bakersfield, north on Hwy 99 and then into Yosemite. Hwy 41 is shorter and goes to Mariposa Grove, but then you drive even higher to finally descend to Yosemite Valley. Or you drive north on Hwy 99 to Hwy 140 and take the All Weather Route to Yosemite Valley. Maybe you go to Tuolumne Grove.

Or maybe you visit Calaveras Big Trees State Park northwest of Yosemite.

On to SF

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