- Aug 20, 2003
Thanks Bob. That's really good/interesting advice. But we've timed the trip to coincide with visiting family in San Francisco on those particular days. And also wanting to be at Griffith Park on June 21 (to visit Walt's Barn - only open one day each month), so that leaves little time for Yosemite. The 1.5 days will be more of an appetizer for a future trip... where Yosemite is more of a destination than an afterthought. We'll certain keep your suggestions in mind if we do it again!!!You're doing the first two stops backwards, costing you a bunch of travel time. When driving west on I-80 through Reno, you'll be within 2 hours of the eastern entrance of Yosemite at Lee Vining. Though, even better, I'd leave I-80 at Wendover UT and take US 93 and 6 to the White Mountains and then Mammoth before hitting Lee Vining and Mono Lake. Best of all, you'll get to traverse Yosemite High Country, something that most tourists completely miss when visiting Yosemite. Tuolumne Meadows in the high country is a great stop. And the best don't-miss stop is Olmsted Point, which has tremendous views down Tenaya Canyon all the way to Yosemite Valley. You really should reverse the order of your visit, and hit Yosemite first. Besides, then when travelling from SF to Anaheim, you can go down Highway 1 past Big Sur. Best, most scenic drive in North America. Make sure you stop at Pfeiffer Beach, and/or have lunch at Nepenthe's.
In the meantime, I read that they are closing the Miraposa Grove for two years beginning this June/July. Fingers crossed that it's still open when we visit. If not, I guess it might be a blessing in disguise since we'll be so short on time and have to make tough decisions on what we will actually see.