Be sure you rent a comfortable car for the long rides.
Stay in Cambria on the coast.
Where are you staying for your Yosemite visit? It might be faster to exit a different route (but still not 'best.')
Thanks I really appreciate your advice, i have my 50th birthday on this trip so my wife & I have booked a Mustang convertible . We are staying at osemite Lodge at Falls .
Best part about this drive is that you get to go past Area 51's back gate, & The Black Mailbox, but it will be stinking hot so a good car is paramount.
Think of it like the Sydney-Broken Hill drive in high Summer for a comparative drive.
The journey I suggested is about 650km's as opposed to 700-ish via Death Valley. Be sure to check you car insurance doesn't have any caveats about Death Valley too - I haven't seen any in quite a while in my rental contracts but it used to be written into the fine print of some contracts.
Thankyou for your thoughts, what is the back gate & the black mailbox?
Not a lot of luggage space in the Mustang. And that's before you put the roof down.
I trust you know to rent the car thru a third party provider like Argus or Traveljigsaw.com ? Otherwise, find out what the drop off fee will be for returning the car to a different location from where it was rented. You don't want a nasty surprise when you drop it off.
Thanks for your comments Goodaworld, we have arranged to pick up hire car in LA after we have had 4 nights there doing what you do in LA if its your first time there, Universal Studios , Disneyland , hollwood tour etc Then collect car & drive to San Francisco for 3 nights then onwards to Yosemite for 1 night then drive toLas Vegas for 4 nights then return car to LA airport.
If anyone has any suggestions on what to do in Las Vegas & San Francisco it would be greatly appreciated
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