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Vegas to yosemite

Hi, we are planning to travel from Vegas to Death Valley with 2 children aged 13 and 9--in August.

We are debating whether to stop in death valley on route to see the park and break the long journey.

Is there any whereto stay either in death valley or further along on route to yosemite.

thanks

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1. Re: Vegas to yosemite

Hi, and welcome to the forum.

My advice for a 2 days trip in august would be to drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley, see some of the sights and drive to Lone Pine, about halfway to Yosemite Valley. Next day drive along eastern Sierras on 395 to Lee Vining and take Tioga Pass to Yosemite stopping at several places. If you want more details please let us know. Make a Lone Pine reservation. If booked maybe try Bishop or Lee Vining. It will be 120+ F in Death Valley so always drink and carry enough water in the car.

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A good place to stop with children overnight is Furnace Creek Ranch. (as opposed to the inn which is very pricey). Furnace Creek Ranch is not far from Badwater and near the Borax works - which is interesting to see. It is also very near the Death Valley Information center. Furnace Creek Ranch has a spring fed very large Swimming pool. There is also a small restaurant and general store/gift store. The rooms are basic motel, but the air conditioners work and thats what really counts! It is also next to a golf course. There are so many interesting things to see in Death Valley. Badwater is a must. Mosaic Canyon and the Dunes near Stovepipe Wells are worth seeing. Scotty's Castle and Ubehebe Crater to the North are must sees. If you are truly adventurous drive out to the racetrack, where boulders mysteriously travel across the sand.

Have a wonderful time. Death Valley is one of my favorite places - along with Vegas and Yosemite!

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3. Re: Vegas to yosemite

What TET said ... including the welcome.

Driving through Death Valley a week and a half ago (126 late afternoon) was too much for my daughters.

We came in the Beatty Road (not the cutoff) and stopped at Rhyolite; a mining ghost town on the way.

Although, since you are coming from Vegas, you might want to consider taking the Bell Vista/Stateline Road from Pahrump into Death Valley Junction.

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Before continuing, are you still with us At ManUK? Many first time visitors disappear after their one and only post. Not you?

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And don't let our experience affect you. We loved it ... we simply could only tolerate driving through .... that's what air conditioning and village stores are for.

One of the Rangers who has a story published in a book called 'Oh, Ranger' often is on duty at the Death Valley Visitor Center ... you could buy the book and get his autograph.

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6. Re: Vegas to yosemite

Hi Tet and Xochipilli ,

Thanks for your guidance. No I will not be my one and

only time.

I will try out detah valley, and will let you all know how it was when we come back.

Thks

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You are very welcome!

Just an added note, Besides the Death Valley Ranger, there are two rangers in Yosemite who have stories published in "Oh, Ranger". It would be a very unique and cherished remembrance of your trip to have a book with multiple autographs. As would a national park passport book; the different visitor centers in areas of each park have their own cancellation stamp.

Xochipilli

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Waiting for that!! Just forget about one thing already, the drive to the Racetrack. Too far and too dangerous without a 4wd and special tires. Also the side trip to Ubehebe Crater and Scotty's Castle will take too long on a short visit (at least half a day from Furnace Creek.). Start with Dante's View coming from Las Vegas.

Awesome views!

Tet

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