Yosemite road trip map

Yosemite Road Trip

Days 1-2: On the Road

Planned Activities

  • Driving

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Just passing through, wherever we end up spending the night! We’re tentatively looking at Champaign, Illinois and Wichita, Kansas right now. 

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Days 3-5: Santa Fe

Planned Activities

  • Sightsee in Santa Fe
  • Drive to Taos

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We’ve never been here — or to New Mexico — and it’s a bucket list item.

Drive from Wichita

Stay at Silver Saddle Motel

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Days 6-8: Sedona

Planned Activities

  • Hiking

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We were here briefly on our way back from the Grand Canyon to Tucson back in the 1990s and have wanted to come back, spend more time, and do some hiking. 

Drive from Santa Fe

Stay at Sedona Village Lodge

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Days 9-10: Death Valley

Planned Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Maybe some hiking

Actual Activities

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The Plan: It’s sort of on the way — about as close as we’re likely to get. We’ll only have one full day here but that should be enough time to see some highlights. 

Drive from Sedona

Stay at Stovepipe Wells

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Days 11-15: Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks

Planned Activities

  • Hiking
  • Scenic drives

Actual Activities

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The Plan: It’s near enough to Yosemite that why not? We have friends in Visalia that we’ll visit while in the area. 

Drive from Death Valley

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Days 16-23: Yosemite National Park

Planned Activities

  • Hiking
  • Sightseeing
  • Scenic drives

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The Plan: This is a bucket list destination. We don’t yet know exactly what we’ll do here but there’s a lot. We’re actually spending more time in the Valley than originally planned because I goofed up the reservation and decided to let it stand. Then we’ll spend one night in Wawona for easier access to Glacier Point. 

Drive from King's Canyon National Park

Stay at Curry Village Cabin and Wawona Hotel

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Days 24-26: Eastern Sierra

Planned Activities

  • Explore Mono Lake
  • Eastern side of Yosemite

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Mono Lake has always fascinated me and we should have easier access to the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite from this side of the mountains. 

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Days 27-29: Salt Lake City

Planned Activities

  • Great Salt Lake

Actual Activities

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The Plan: We’ve been to southern Utah but not this part so we planned a stop for the Great Salt Lake and surrounding mountains. 

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Days 30-32: To home

Planned Activities

  • Driving

Actual Activities

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The Plan: Just passing through! Right now it looks like maybe Cheyenne, Wyoming and Des Moines, Iowa.

Drive from Salt Lake City

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