My wife and I will be spending a few days in San Francisco, before hiring a car and going on to visit Yosemite in mid November for a few days. We're looking forward to seeing the Yosemite wilderness.
1. Where would be the best place on the west side of Yosemite to get accommodation and access to the park in mid November? We are not serious hikers but would like to see as much wildlife/views as possible. We're not wanting to camp. Some comfortable accommodation would be ideal.
2. From Yosemite we then have to make our way through to Vegas (where our flights leave) and were thinking of doing this via a Monterey/LA detour (about 4 days) as it seems as though more direct scenic routes via Tioga Pass may be closed and we'd prefer to avoid the risk of bad weather. We are from South Africa and not used to driving in the wintry conditions, with snow chains and the like.
Any advice would be appreciated!