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wolverine88 1,877 191 March 5, 2016 at 10:15 AM
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I am planning a family reunion in CA this summer, plan to drive from SFO, Yosemite, Death Valley, LA, then back to SFO along the coast.
About 10 family members.

Any recommendation on

activities
car rental (2 vans or a large RV)
lodging

Thanks much.

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Bike riding and rafting in Yosemite Valley is wonderful.

http://www.travelyosemite.com/thi...o/rafting/
http://www.travelyosemite.com/thi...do/biking/

Visit the Eastern Sierras if you go over Tioga pass out of Yosemite, you might consider visiting Devil's Postpile and Rainbow Falls near Mammoth Mountain.

http://www.nps.gov/depo/index.htm

https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-ren...moth-lakes

Death Valley in the summer is questionable and not easy to enjoy due to the heat, spring and fall are the best times to visit.

If you want beautiful uncrowded Southern California beach consider https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-ren...st/ventura

Near Cambria, See some Elephant Seals in the wild http://www.elephantseal.org/
Other ideas include Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Quote from WellDone View Post :
Bike riding and rafting in Yosemite Valley is wonderful.

http://www.travelyosemite.com/thi...o/rafting/
http://www.travelyosemite.com/thi...do/biking/

Visit the Eastern Sierras if you go over Tioga pass out of Yosemite, you might consider visiting Devil's Postpile and Rainbow Falls near Mammoth Mountain.

http://www.nps.gov/depo/index.htm

https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-ren...moth-lakes

Death Valley in the summer is questionable and not easy to enjoy due to the heat, spring and fall are the best times to visit.

If you want beautiful uncrowded Southern California beach consider https://www.vrbo.com/vacation-ren...st/ventura

Near Cambria, See some Elephant Seals in the wild http://www.elephantseal.org/
Other ideas include Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Monterey Bay Aquarium
thanks a lot.
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But much more to the point of the task you outlined, go to the top of your screen and read the message
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Sounds like a fun trip, and lots of driving. Not a huge fan of visiting Yosemite during the Summer as there are tons of people that time of year, but still well worth seeing and exploring. Agree with the previous post about going over Tioga Pass and down the Eastern Sierras. There is some great scenery along Highway 395 with huge granite mountains and lots of lakes to explore. Death Valley during the Summer is pretty tough as the temps can be really hot but each season there has it's beauty.

If there is a family member that is 62 or older they can get a senior pass for $20 and get half off admission into most National Parks. This is good for 3 additional adults in the same vehicle.

https://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html

Not sure about any RV rental deals, but you can expect to spend around $1,000 + fuel for a 1-week rental of a Class A motorhome. If you are renting cars there are so many sites to try and get a good deal, but give Priceline.com a try.

When coming back up the coast from LA take the coastal route from San Luis Obispo and enjoy some spectacular scenery starting in Morro Bay, up through Cayucos and Cambria and all the way up through Big Sur and to Carmel is quite memorable.
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Forget about Death Valley trust me. Spend more time in LA or hang out in San Diego or hang out in Big Sur. Driving along the coast at times can have one lane and take forever!!! I have learned its best to avoid all scenic drive routes to get to my destination and explore the city. The scenic routes can add about 2 + hours then add an rv even slower...
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Wow, no mention of time allocated. Too much to do in CA. I recommend stopping and taking it in down the coast at some B&B places, specially taking 101 or PCH up through SB/Ventura/Morro Bay/Carmel/Santa Cruz will take forever and someone is bound to get carsick. You cant just drive it in one day. Hell, I dont know what you like, you have Padres Natl Forest there for some serious camping/hiking. Ditch the RV, I dont think you are 60+ for that and it sucks to drive RVs on PCH even for short periods.
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