joachim0ds wrote:Hi there,
Not really a mountaineering question, but i am quite sure you guys can help me out. I'll be in California next week for a conference. I fly in @ San Diego, conference 15-19 Mar. And i booked a flight back from San Francisco @ 22 Mar.
Now I have 3 options to go from San Diego to San Francisco.
1) Take a plane from SD to SF and do some urban visiting
2) Rent a car and drive San Diego to LA, continue highway1, visit maybe monterey, continue and visit SF
3) Rent a car and drive from SD to SF via Sequoia Park and/or Yosemite park.
Needless to say, why else would i be on Summitpost? , I'd prefer option 3. But since i am a euro boy, i am quite confused as to what i should expect in those parks. The websites say there is still bad weather in the parks. In Belgium, everything with 3 trees is a park, so the weather is the same everywhere. I am quite aware that US national parks are a bit bigger and that conditions can vary.
Is it possible to just take a car, drive to the parks on main roads, look around and leave? Or will the main roads be filled with huge amounts of snow and tires are really necessary?
Btw, any other suggestion between LA and SF that takes 1 or 2 days is welcome
Yosemite, for a quick visit, as opposed to Sequioa/Kings, Imo.
Yosemite Valley is at 4000 feet, give or take. Here is a valley web cam (dark, as I post)
There are paved trails, places to eat, and the greatest slabs of granite in all the Californias! Not to be missed. Kings Canyon, and Sequioa too, harder to be a tourist this time of year - less to do, less accessible.
The drive up the coast is fantastic too. Only you can choose between mountains and sea. There is some fantastic mountain scenery on the coast... and flowers will likely be going off as well.
Each choice is WORLD CLASS.
As a climber I wouldn't hesitate to visit Yosemite though.