My husband and I are flying into Los Angeles this August and driving up Rt. 395 to Yosemite. We hope to make it as far as Mammoth Lakes the first night. Is this too ambitious, i.e., will we have enough time to get there before dark? We land in L.A. about 10:30am. We have a room at the Holiday Inn in Mammoth Lakes reserved, so that is our goal. Are there any good rest stops along Rt. 395, things that we might want to see? Once we're in Mammoth Lakes, it will probably be nightfall. In the morning, should we see anything in Mammoth Lakes before we head out to Yosemite? We're staying at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway the 2nd night. Since we'll only have about 36 hours in Yosemite before we head to Oakland, what are the highlights we should focus on. We love short hikes, waterfalls, seeing wildlife, and scenery.
Our trip will take us on to wine country, San Francisco, then down the coast to Big Sur, Monterey, and eventually back to L.A. I look forward to hearing any advice you might have for me regarding the trip from L.A. to Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, and Rt. 395. Thank you in advance.