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Old 01-23-2016, 04:02 PM   #1
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Yosemite Trip

I recently posted a query for recommendations for RV parks and things to do on a trip that we are planning for April or May to the Grand Canyon. We are coming from NE Oregon and will head South through Salt Lake and down to Grand Canyon. We are now thinking that when we leave Grand Canyon we will head over through Joshua Tree and then head up north and spend a few days at Yosemite Park.

I received such great feedback from folks about camping options at Grand Canyon that I thought I'd post the same question regarding Yosemite, as we've never been in that area either. We would be looking for something inside the park, or at least very close to the park. Hookups are great but we also really like primitive campgrounds as they are usually quieter and offer more space. We have a 34' bumper tow TT and have solar panels and a generator so we can do several days without hookups easily.

In any case, we would be very interested in hearing from those of you who know the Yosemite area and have recommendations for not only campgrounds but also activities. And a related question: is 2 to 3 days enough to see the park or are more days required to do it justice? Note that we aren't big hikers so will be looking to do most of our exploring by vehicle.

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Old 01-24-2016, 06:52 AM   #2
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Yosemite is a large park but only the valley is accessible by road. The valley is a pretty small area, you can drive the loop in 45 minutes assuming you didn't stop and there was no traffic. Yosemite is very popular so traffic can be a problem.

We visited Yosemite last January. We were traveling in California and saw a good weather forecast so we stayed in Angels Camp for a few nights and drove the car over to the park for a day trip. It was pretty nice for winter, 45 degrees and sunny. If your not planning on doing any hiking you might consider a day trip as well. Here's a link to a Yosemite Forum on Trip Adviser. You might look through it and get a better idea of what is available that suites you.

Yosemite National Park Forum, Travel Discussion for Yosemite National Park, California - TripAdvisor

You might also consider a visit to Death Valley. We spent 4 or 5 days there December 2014 and really enjoyed it. There was some flood damage there last year. I think Scotty's Castle was damaged badly and closed. If you do a "Death Valley" search on this forum or look on Trip Adviser I bet you'll find more recent information.

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