4 days at DLR - enough for a relaxed trip (Or stay 5 days and skip Yosemite?)

Discussion in 'California & the West' started by elaine amj, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. bcla

    bcla DIS Veteran

    Nov 28, 2012
    Certainly go see Giant Forest, but Redwood Mountain Grove is absolutely stunning. It's the largest sequoia grove anywhere and contains the tallest known giant sequoia tree. The crowds are lower and off trail is OK unlike much of Giant Forest. You could walk right up to a tree and touch it. I'd recommend the Redwood Saddle loop which is about 7 mostly gentle miles.
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  3. rmom

    rmom Mouseketeer

    Mar 20, 2002
    Op, I think you are making the right decission. Yosemite is my childhood second home (2 weeks camping every summer atleast) and we love it. We go as often as we can BUT NEVER, NEVER in summer. Good luck findng a parking place :scared1:and getting something to eat. It has gotten too crowded and most people go to the same area. They bring bus loads of people (tours) into the valley and there they stay. Go when you have time to spend there and when there are fewer people. It is amazing and there are a lot of areas to see.

    For your future trip - while we love staying in Yosemite, there is a motel (yosemite view lodge) just outside the park that we really enjoyed. It is a short, easy drive into the valley if you can't get a reservation. It is on the river and has indoor and outdoor pools, plus a pizza place and restaurant on the premises.
  4. holcomb-mania

    holcomb-mania DIS Veteran

    May 26, 2003
    We're going to Yosemite the last week of June and staying at the Ahwahnee for 3 nights (after 2 nights in SF, 2 days traveling PCH, and 4 nights in DLR).

    If we catch a bus to Tuolomne early in the morning, can we beat the bus crowds?
  5. hsmamato2

    hsmamato2 <font color=magenta>Tink in Training-Good Girl,Bad

    Mar 28, 2005
    Yosemite is awesome, but in your plan it sounds like it's not worth it....I'd skip Kings canyon and do Yosemite if it were me.....actually it was me a couple of years ago,we had to decide what we could fit into 2 weeks, and it wasn't everything!:thumbsup2

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