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Old 02-22-2018, 05:02 PM   #1
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Phoenix to Yosemite and then the Redwood Forest in Calif trip ideas

Looking to visit these places this year and wondering the best route and time of year so we don't hit snow in the higher elevations going over the mountains.
We know we can head north towards Las Vegas but I have a slight fear of heights and there is one very high bridge near the dam.

Any suggestions on good full hook up campsites near Yosemite or the Red woods would be appreciated.

Not sure what we'll do after the Red wood forest visit but would like to drive into Oregon just not sure what do to there. We love to fish so there must be some great camping places near fishing spots.

Any suggestions?

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What size is your RV? All roads & campgrounds are not equal

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Too bad the new I-11 to Vegas isn't finished yet.
What about I-10 to CA then up the 5*?

*Ever seen that skit on SNL where they poke fun at how they all talk over there and all their freeways?

We haven't made it there yet but plan to very soon. Please let us know what you find in the way of best camping spots.
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You might want to indicate which redwood forest (I assumed you were thinking of the coast redwoods...There are also redwood forests in the Sierras from south of Yosemite...Sequoia NP to Foresthill in Placer county. The coast of Oregon has many great parks. Oregon probably has the best state parks in the nation, most with full hookups and reasonably priced.
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If you plan on using the east entrance to Yosemite be aware that it has never opened any earlier than May 2. The latest opening was July 1.

I live near the southwest entrance. My best guess is that it will be a relatively early opening this year, based upon current snow levels.
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We travel to high traffic areas, we try and stick with the shoulder seasons and avoid the summer crowds. It has been so long since we have been to Yosemite (it was the early ‘70’s and we were in our VW “hippie” van) that I wouldn’t be able to recommend one.

If heading north, I would recommend the Avenue of the Giants:


We stayed at the Giant Redwood RV Park, near Myers Flat, CA. It is not a resort, but has full hookups.

The state parks in OR, as in AZ are fantastic! We prefer to travel the Pacific Coastline heading southbound not northbound. It is much easier ( no need to cross traffic) for on and off the 101. Ft Stevens State Park ( near Astoria, OR) is a favorite of ours.
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Planning on visiting the Redwood forest National Park along the coast and we have a 29' Class C with a toad. Total length around 48'

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