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Advice on journey from San Francisco to San Diego

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Advice on journey from San Francisco to San Diego

We are currently planning a fly drive holiday from San Francisco to San Diego in September. We intend to stay in San Francisco for 4 nights and then Napa for 2. We need advice, however, as to what is best after that. Do we go down the coastal route to LA or do we visit Yosemite? We would kind of like to vist Death Valley too. San Diego is not a problem as we have visited friends there before. We have a total of 2 weeks to play with.

Can anyone offer advice?

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1. Re: Advice on journey from San Francisco to San Diego

From experience Yosemite shouldnt be missed.If you do go there then you can head to death valley from yosemite, its a long drive but really really worth it. I have driven it a few times from San Francisco and the scenery is amazing. The change from the coast to yosemite then the high plains before death valley is quite astounding.

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Just be aware that Death Valley is very, very, VERY hot that time of year. All the Californians avoid it in the summer months, but it does not seem to deter our European guests. Just make sure you are prepared and have plenty of water.

If you choose to go to Yosemite, you MUST book lodging well in advance. As in, NOW would be an excellent time to do so. Although a lot of travel falls off in September after school begins, it still is a very popular location.

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If you have the time why not do Yosemite and the Coast?A night at Monterey or Carmel and another at Santa Barbara would work and the coast drive is not to be missed.

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I agree with Kenko.

If you have the time do both.

They are both well worth experiencing.

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Many thanks to all of you for your valuable advice. We have decided to do the costal route as the mileage is more reasonable. Death Valley is probably best visited in a future trip as we wish to visit Phoenix again soon. We may attempt to visit Yosemite on a day trip from San Francisco if possible. Looking forward to being back in California this year! Our first visit to San Francisco!

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Hi Ajo

A days trip to Y won't give you much time to explore this wonderful area, and I agree, on your scedule visiting DV is somewhat ambitous although it's not to be missed, and yes, it's hot, but in May some years ago we already had 115 F.

Why not skip a day Nappa or San Diego and go from Nappa to Y for 2 nights and drive back to Monterey and follow hw 1 from there?

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You say "2 weeks to play with", but then you have said "San Francisco for 4 nights and then Napa for 2". Are those 6 nights included in the 2 weeks?

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We have a total of 6 nights in SFO/Napa and a further 5 in San Diego (we have friends there), so we are limited for the time to journey south. We are often in San Diego so Death Valley can be visitied then. Yosemite is going to be the problem, but I just don't think we can fit it in.

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9. Re: Advice on journey from San Francisco to San Diego

So you really have three days to get from SF to San Diego. Well, that's not too bad, you could take either the coastal route, or the mountain route through Yosemite.

Three days is enough for a pretty decent car tour by either route, you'll have to put some distance behind you every day, but you'll still have time to spend a few hours at the major attractions. I would tend to go with the Yosemite, Owens Valley, Mojave Desert route. One day from SF to Yosemite (the earlier you start the better--4 hours to Yosemite Valley), visit Yosemite Valley, then you will want to stay somwhere, right? Yes. That's the problem. Try to get a place at Tuolumne Meadows or even Lee Vining, that will put you farther along your way. . Then the next day you'll head down US 395 through the Owens Valley, high desert with dramatic mountain ranges on either side. Stay for the night at Lone Pine. This is the "gateway" (well, one gateway anyway) to Death Valley, but you won't have time for that. Third day through the Mojave Desert on 395 to Interstate 15 into San Diego.

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10. Re: Advice on journey from San Francisco to San Diego

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Santa Cruz... I've been there a couple times... both as day-trips from SFO, and it's been a highlight of each trip.