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Old 04-18-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Ca 395 to Yosemite

Trying to make a scenic drive from Phoenix Az to Yosemite National Park. Ca395 seems more quiet and interesting than driving up Ca99. Anyone have opinions on these two route?
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Both routes are windy, but the 395 entrance over Tioga Pass (11,000 ft) is exceptionally steep. Usually doesn't open up until July due to snow. Much better trip in from the Valley on the west side and closer to Yosemite Valley. But the views from Tioga Pass route. are breathtaking.
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Thanks FD,

Maybe, weather permitting, we'll head back over the pass.
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We're going that way in a couple weeks - once again. However, this is the way...take 395 to Garderville, NV (right at the border) and pick up 88 which will take you to Hwy 50 to Placerville. Then Hwy 49 to 120 and Yosemite. The whole drive is gorgeous with minimal traffic as opposed to Hwy 99 from the south. This route is open. Someone also told us that from 395, taking 88 to 49 is very doable with a big rig. We haven't tried it. As stated, Hwy 120 (Tioga Pass) from 395 opens late.
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We're going that way in a couple weeks - once again. However, this is the way...take 395 to Garderville, NV (right at the border) and pick up 88 which will take you to Hwy 50 to Placerville. Then Hwy 49 to 120 and Yosemite. The whole drive is gorgeous with minimal traffic as opposed to Hwy 99 from the south. This route is open. Someone also told us that from 395, taking 88 to 49 is very doable with a big rig. We haven't tried it. As stated, Hwy 120 (Tioga Pass) from 395 opens late.
Thanks, I will certainly take this route on the way out if Tioga is still closed since we want to a few days at Lake Tahoe. I'm totally unfamiliar with the area so I'm grateful for all the knowledge and experience here.
While I'm new to driving my MH, I've driven buses for twenty years, so the road challenges don't concern me beyond the normal respect for driving steep, winding roads in large, cumbersome vehicles.
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If you do take US395 to Lee Vining and plan to cross the Tioga Pass into Yosemite, be sure to leave some time to check out Mono Lake & Bodie Ghost Town, both worth a stop.

If you want to save hauling your RV over the pass, you can stay at the Mono Vista campground in Lee Vining or some of the non hook up campgrounds in that area & take your toad - much easier to find parking in the park & drive to Glacier Point.
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Be sure to stop at the Lee Vining Unocal 76 station for some of best fish tacos around. I know, who would have thought!!
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Be sure to stop at the Lee Vining Unocal 76 station for some of best fish tacos around. I know, who would have thought!!
Reminds me of the commercial about "gas station sushi".
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Yep, very good food for a gas station! I don't think it is a Unocal anymore, but still a gas station. Check out the reviews;

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...alifornia.html
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get fuel in bishop ,fuel prices from north of bishop all the why to nv.are $1.00 more min.but i love it up there.
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The mention of Tioga pass reminded me of the movie, The Long Long Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The part where they were going up a very steep mountain road and Desi throwing all of Lucille's souvenirs out of the trailer was filmed on the old Tioga pass.
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