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Driving time Yosemite to Carmel

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Driving time Yosemite to Carmel


we will be driving from Yosemite to Carmel on Sat 28 July - leaving Yosemite around lunchtime. How long does this drive take, what's the best route & are there things to see or do on the journey?

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1. Re: Driving time Yosemite to Carmel

It depends on where in Yosemite NP you are beginning your journey, but if it's Yosemite Valley, the drive will be something around 4.5 hours.

Mileages (Monterey is closest to Carmel) nps.gov/yose/…mileages9-2007.pdf

Things to do or see depend on the travel style of the visitors, but generally the heat of the Central Valley keeps most travelers inside their air conditioned cars. Is there something you want to see or do?

Google Maps is a good tool to use for driving around California. They (GM) made corrections to the Yosemite portion a few years ago, so now it's fairly accurate.

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2. Re: Driving time Yosemite to Carmel

I would advise not depending on gps.

We drove Yosemite to Monterey and it took us miles out of the way.

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3. Re: Driving time Yosemite to Carmel

I'd just make the drive. There isn't much between Yosemite and Carmel that I would prioritize over spending more time on the coast. Plus as mentioned, heat is an issue. You'll be driving in the hotest part of the day.

Casa de Fruta on Hwy 152 makes a good pit stop though - it is a CA institution. They have a fruit market there, wine market, candy shop, coffee shop, playground and picnic area, this funny little train that kids can ride on, etc.

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