What is the best drive route from Death Valley to Yosemite ?
You should delete every thread but this one.
When are you doing this trip--- you'll need to know if Tioga Pass is open or likely to be open.
This forum is about Death Valley NP. The Top Questions on the right side of the page can help you to plan your time in this vast National Park.
Unfortunately, since you posted duplicates all over the place, the 'community' has voted to remove some of them.
Post on the CA forum for overall route / itinerary info. Include travel dates, travel style, and anything else relevant.
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Hi we are starting our trip next Friday 13th October in Vegas. Thanks. It would be great to take in TIOGA pass but unsure which road accesses this. Is it the 120 near tuolumne meadows ?
Sorry first time posting. Had no ide how this works. Sorry for the inconvenience,
Since you are making this trip with Tioga Pass open, there is only one answer to your question: the absolute undisputed most scenic route is through Death Valley (stay over a night there if you can to allow time to see as much as possible and have an authentic desert experience), then Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, and Lee Vining, to Tioga Pass.
Here are some of the things to see and do. Some of them are not on the main or most direct route and require detours. You may not have time for all of them, depending on how many days you have for the trip. An overnight stay in Death Valley, or perhaps in Lone Pine or Bishop, will make the experience more leisurely and less fatiguing, because it is a long trip from Death Valley to Yosemite Valley if you want to really enjoy what you see..
Between Las Vegas and Death Valley: Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Death Valley Junction ghost town. I'm including this because the majority of visitors who ask Death Valley-to-Yosemite questions are coming from Las Vegas, so it's good to know what there is to see even before reaching DV.
East side of Death Valley National Park: Dante’s View, 20 Mule Team Canyon, Zabriskie Point, Devil’s Golf Course, Badwater Basin, Artist’s Drive/Artist’s Palette, Golden Canyon, Furnace Creek (Inn & Ranch resorts, Park Visitor Center), Harmony Borax Works.
Between Death Valley and Mammoth Lakes: Owens Lakebed, Lone Pine, Alabama Hills, Mt. Whitney, movie museum (see “Users’ Guide to Lone Pine” on that forum for more about this nice town), Manzanar, Eastern California Museum, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (long side trip), Laws Railroad Museum, Devil’s Postpile National Monument.
Between Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite Valley: June Lakes Loop, volcanic scenery along Hwy 395, Mono Lake (access south of Lee Vining to the east, or north of town, with visitor center just north of “downtown” Lee Vining), Tioga Pass scenic drive, Tuolumne Meadows. Option for Bodie ghost town (long side trip).
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