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Las Vegas to San Francisco

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Las Vegas to San Francisco

I have pretty much sorted my road trip taking me from San Francisco down the coast before finally reaching Las Vegas but I am stuck on the best way to get from Las Vegas to San Francisco.

I plan to leave LV first thing in the morning and head towards San Francisco stopping overnight somewhere along the way before dropping our car off at noon in San Francisco the following day.

I have not managed to fit yosemite national park into my trip and wondered if this would be a good comprimise. We are travelling in the middle of May.

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1. Re: Las Vegas to San Francisco

You will have to drive the southern route from LV to San Francisco in mid-May, as the eastern entrance into Yosemite, over Tioga Pass will be closed.

You don't really have enough time to visit Yosemite.

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2. Re: Las Vegas to San Francisco

That route is long and not very interesting. If it were I, I would try to get a car in SF with no drop-off fee in Las Vegas and fly one of the cheap airlines, Southwest, etc. back to San Francisco. You would save on an overnight lodging, two days car rental, not to mention gas and meals.

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3. Re: Las Vegas to San Francisco

Puter's suggestion is worth looking into, but if you really need to drive back my suggestion would be to:

Drive from LV to South Lake Tahoe via Hwy 95/ 395 (this will take close to 10 hours, so you'll need to leave early if you want to see the lake before sunset.)

Spend the night in S. Lake Tahoe - leave by 7:30 the next morning to head back to SF to ensure that you get there by noon.

Most other routes will be much less scenic, but some will get you back to SF quicker.

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4. Re: Las Vegas to San Francisco


I have done that in the other direction, taking 2 nights to do it, this was in April.

1 night Bakersfield

1 night El Portal ( visiting Yosemite)

next day onto San Fran, whistle stop visit but we saw enough all the main attractions.


Edited: 25 January 2010, 14:23
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