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Is this too much?

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Is this too much?

Hi,

I am just starting to plan a road trip in July and as I have never done this type of thing before I was wondering if anyone could tell me if what I want to do is too much for the time I have.

At the mo, the rough plan is 14 days (not including travel to SFO) and to hire an RV. The places we want to go to are....

Napa vally

Yosemite national park

sacramento

Eureka

Redwood Park

then back down the coast to SFO.

We are 2 couples so will be able to share the driving and we are planning to use (and pre-booked) Kampgrounds of America.

What do you think? Is it too much?

Thanks

Abi

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1. Re: Is this too much?

No, it's not too much.

Check out this site

http://avenueofthegiants.net/

Not much to see in Sacramento, Old Sac is about it.

http://www.oldsacramento.com/

You are referring to Redwood National Park, right?

There are many places worth visiting along the coast, Mendicino for example

http://www.mendocinoguide.com/

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2. Re: Is this too much?

Hey Simbot,

Many thanks for your quick reply and your links they are brill.

We were going to go to Sacramento to fill in a gap between Yosemite and Eureka, is they any where else you could suggest?

Many thanks again.

Abi

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3. Re: Is this too much?

You're not planning to spend any time in San Francisco???

There is plenty to see in Sacramento to fill a day.

Old Sac and the Railroad Museum, The State Capitol, Capitol Park, Stanford Mansion. However, you are coming in July so it will probably be blazing hot here. You may not want to spend much time outside.

It is a very long drive from Sac to Eureka/North Redwoods. Easily a full day there and a full day back.

I would take the back route out of Yosemite and drive up the east side of the Sierras to Lake Tahoe then down to Sac.

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4. Re: Is this too much?

I don't know if you put the route down as you plan to take it, but if it is, I'd probably do a routing such as the following:

1) San Francisco - Hire an RV

2) Drive to Yosemite (it would be best to get reservations at the campground in the Valley at Yosemite. More information on the Yosemite National Park Web Site:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/

2) Then go to Sacramento - It would be good to decide what you want to see in Sacramento. Napa is only about 90 minutes away from Sacramento so be sure you have sufficient things you want to do there. Old Town Sacramento and Indian Gaming Casinos are good. There are also some gold rush type attractions on the route from Yosemite to Sacramento especially if you take Highwy 49 (such as Columbia, etc.).

3) Then go to Napa.

4) Then I have a question: You mention Eureka and Redwood Park as separate items.

Personally I like the name Eureka - but when I drive through it I am so happy it only takes me 30 minutes or so to do so. I always want to find the fun vacation area of Eureka to stay in - but alas, it does not exist. I would not stay there.

You might want to go to Avenue of the Giants area instead which is south of Eureka.

http://avenueofthegiants.net/

There are wonderful California State Parks to camp in (reservations can be made in advance.)

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=425

Richardson Grove is also a nice camp ground to stay at:

http://www.redwoodfamilycamp.com/

5) You might want to consider spending an overnight or two along the coast also. Perhaps Sonoma State Park.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=451

If I were to divvy up your 14 days, I would see it as follows:

San Francisco 1 night at beginning

(recover from jet lag; if you pick up RV as the place to stay when you arrive, t

here is a campground at Candlestick Park

http://www.sanfranciscorvpark.com/

Drive to Yosemite - spend 3 nights (note: Reserving a spot is a very high priority if you want to stay in the park; it might also change the order in which you see things. - but see if anything is available now for when you will be here.)

Sacramento - I would consider it a nice place to stop for an hour at Old Town and then contineu to Napa. It depends how much wine tasting you want to make - since you have an RV some wineries have restrictions if you can drive it to their property or not - 2 nights.

Avenue of the Giants/Garberville - 2 nights

Sonoma Coast - 1 night

San Francisco at end to drop off RV and also see San Francisco - 2 nights

That adds up to 11 nights - leaving you 2 or 3 more nights to plan what you want to see. You could go north and see Klamath and Trees of Mystery which is north of Eureka. There is a campground across from Trees of Mystery.

http://www.treesofmystery.net/

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5. Re: Is this too much?

Looks great, you may want to stay in Bodega Bay one night (Sonoma coast). The Bodega Bay Lodge & Spa is very nice in this area. :)

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6. Re: Is this too much?

We're doing something similar (although earlier in the year) and managed to get 3 nights in Yosemite (Upper Pines) at the end of April but it was difficult.

You mention KOA - we've stayed in a few of these on previous RV trips, although not in California (Colorado / NM / Arizona). I have to say that most weren't very inspiring. If you're happy with a more back-country environment, we've found the National / State Parks and Forest Service campgrounds much better as in many cases you're right out in the wilds. They tend not to have hookups but that isn't a problem.

Personally I prefer not to pre-book but in July that might be necessary. And definitely, as has been said, for Yosemite.

If you hire an RV from CruiseAmerica (we've used them before and again this year) they have an extra 7 days free if you book before the end of January. Time's running out.....

We found it better to take bedding etc with us (luggage allowances are quite generous on transatlantic flights) rather than use the ones offered for hire.

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7. Re: Is this too much?

WOW! OMG guys, thanks so much for this info. It will help me no end... you are all wonderfull.

Yes LOL i did forget to say we are wanting to spend a few nights in San Francisco (don't know why i did not say that he he he).

Thanks for all the tips especially the yosemite campsite info... will get on to that tonight!

Big thanks again... :-)

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8. Re: Is this too much?

Abi ~ here is the Yosemite campground reservation info page: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/camping.htm If you have an RV, it's great to just park it in the Valley and use the free shuttles to get around. An option out of the Park is http://www.indianflatrvpark.com/

Here is some info on how to practice for your booking; the Valley campsites are usually booked within 20 minutes of becoming available so you want to be ready. Read Enzian's suggestions or any of her posts: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g61000-i315-k21623…

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9. Re: Is this too much?

Thanks PacificNWFamily, by the looks of it I have to wait until March before my dates become free.

Have just registered myself so might give it a practice in feb! As I am getting nervous about booking it now he he he

Following on from this I have another question for anyone that has been to Yosemite before.... Which camp site should I go for... is they a central one?

Crane Flat

Hodgdon Meadow

Lower Pines

North Pines

Tuolumne Meadows

Upper Pines

Wawona

Many thanks

Abi

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10. Re: Is this too much?

Abi

Although the folks on the San Francisco forum are among the most helpful in the TA community, the folks on the Yosemite forum are best to give you advice about campgrounds in Yosemite. I'll look for your post over there! tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g61000-i315-Yosemi… Be sure to describe what you plan to do while in Yosemite (hike? cook for yourselves? eat out? go on organized tours?)

Map: nps.gov/yose/…YOSEpark2003.pdf