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Yosemite/Sequoia Trip

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Yosemite/Sequoia Trip

I am in the midst of planning a week long trip for next May, the week before Memorial day. So far I have booked 3 nights in Yosemite at Wawona and 4 nights at Wuksachi. I hope this will give us plenty of time to Hike and get back off the beaten path a bit. We want to relax, Hike, stargaze, birdwatch and get away from our crazy lives here in New York.

I can't seem to figure out the best flight arrangements . I will be using mileage, (hopefully) so that pretty much limits me to Delta. I looked into Fresno, but I really would prefer a direct flight.

Advice please??? I want to try to get my flights ASAP.

Also, if anyone has any thoughts about my itinerary I would welcome the feedback.


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1. Re: Yosemite/Sequoia Trip

Non-stops on Delta would mean looking into the Bay Area or Los Angeles area airports. I think Sacramento has a single JetBlue late night flight that is non-stop from New York, but that doesn't work with your miles.

If you use the Bay Area or Los Angeles area airports then you'll have about a 4.5 to 5 hour drive each way to/from the parks.

Some might tell you to reverse your number of days in each park, 1 more in Yosemite and 1 less in Sequoia/KC. But it will depend upon your preferences.

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2. Re: Yosemite/Sequoia Trip

If your only destinations are Yosemite & Sequoia, then I really think you should reconsider Fresno. Even tho' you 'd have to make a plane change, you'll be only an hour from the Wawona Hotel. The Fresno Airport is much smaller & easier to navigate than the others you're considering. How do the rental car prices compare?

I checked Google Maps for the driving times from OAK~Oakland to Wawona to Sequoia to OAK (12 hrs) and from SFO (12-13 hrs), FAT ~ Fresno (7 hrs) or SJC ~ San Jose (12-13 hrs) Of course this doesn't consider traffic slow downs.

But using airline miles is a great deal, so if one of these airports works best for flight times, just book it!

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3. Re: Yosemite/Sequoia Trip

Fresno is the best for these 2 parks.

I guess how many legs of the flight are you looking at? 2 - then that makes a lot of sense, as most of the time you would need to fly into a LA or San Francisco airport and then transfer to the airline to go to Fresno.

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4. Re: Yosemite/Sequoia Trip

You can fly to salt lake city then to Fresno on Delta. With FF miles, who knows what route they might book you!! If possible, don't go through SFO. The fog can get real bad, then the small commuter planes (Fresno) will be bumped and bumped. I would try for the salt lake connection so you don't have to fly a prop plane.

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5. Re: Yosemite/Sequoia Trip

If you don't want to fly Fresno, wouldn't it be easiest to fly SFO or OAK, rent a car and drive to Yosemite (4-5 hours) and back from Sequoia to SFO/OAK (another 5 hours) again?

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