I apologise for the non cyclin related post but I know quite a number of people using the forum are based in California and the adjacent states and I wonder if you can offer any advice / opinion.
My wife and I are planning to travel with our (by then) 7 month old for a road trip in April this year. We thought we’d make the most of what will probably be our longest time off together.
We don’t have any flexibility if dates so it has to be April which, I appreciate, might not be the ideal month for travelling in California. We’re planning lots of stops and short day hikes.
We have a few weeks and plan to fly into and out of San Francisco and travel in a loop. We’ll have a hire car, probably an SUV but unlikely to be 4wd.
Our rough idea is…
Travelling down the Pacific coast to LA
Joshua Tree NP
Death Valley NP
From here we’re a bit unsure.
We’d love to head up highway 395 to Mammoth Lakes, then Lake Tahoe, then heading to Yosemite and back to San Francisco. However, we’re a bit worried about the possibility of snow in April particularly heading up towards Mammoth Lakes, Tahoe and over the Sierra Nevadas. We’ll be in a hire car and probably without winter tyres or snow chains.
As an alternative we thought we could travel from Death Valley to Sequoia NP, Kings Canyon NP then Yosemite. This way we wouldn’t have to cross over the Sierra Nevadas wouldn’t be travelling on such high roads.
I’d be incredibly grateful for any thoughts or even any other suggestions of places to visit.
Thanks in advance.