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Old 03-08-2015, 05:11 PM   #1
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Yosemite vs Sequoia National?

Hi All,

We're planning a 9 week return trip from Toronto to Vancouver to LA and back to TO. We are brand new TT owners and never done a trip like this. On the advice of all of you, we're trying to book early.

We will have our 2yo and 6mo boys with us so there won't be any extreme sports on this trip We'll be mostly biking, light hiking and beach time I expect.

Since we can't see it all I'm wondering which park you prefer when it comes to Yosemite and Sequoia. I'm dying to see those redwoods! We're doing Yellowstone on the way and the Oregon coast.

Can you also tell me which campgrounds you liked best?

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Old 03-08-2015, 05:34 PM   #2
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I can't comment on Sequoia. Yosemite is 90 minutes from me. I know you need to reserve your spot ASAP. That campground fills up. If your doing this trip before summer, remember it's still snow season in the mountains and tire chains are needed when it does snow.
As far as going up the coast, get over to US 101 through Vallejo on CA 37 or CA 12through Napa. The southern routes put you in traffic around the bay. The northern ones put you on narrow 2 lane roads.
Avenue of the Giants is what you want to drive on north of Redway. It takes you up to just south of Fortuna and back on the 101. The town of Trinidad has a nice campground near the coast.
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Both Yeosemite and Sequoia are amazing, however if I could only pick one to see it would Yosemite hands down. Even just a couple days in the valley and you will be able to see some amazing things and if you have a couple more days to explore the options are endless.
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I can't comment on Sequoia. Yosemite is 90 minutes from me. I know you need to reserve your spot ASAP. That campground fills up. If your doing this trip before summer, remember it's still snow season in the mountains and tire chains are needed when it does snow.
As far as going up the coast, get over to US 101 through Vallejo on CA 37 or CA 12through Napa. The southern routes put you in traffic around the bay. The northern ones put you on narrow 2 lane roads.
Avenue of the Giants is what you want to drive on north of Redway. It takes you up to just south of Fortuna and back on the 101. The town of Trinidad has a nice campground near the coast.

Great tips! Thanks Lodiguy!
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Both Yeosemite and Sequoia are amazing, however if I could only pick one to see it would Yosemite hands down. Even just a couple days in the valley and you will be able to see some amazing things and if you have a couple more days to explore the options are endless.

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Yosemite - BOOK EARLY ... but if you can't get a spot there, that whole area is fantastic and lots of campgrounds (private and public) so you could easily make a day-trip in to Yosemite from places like Bass Lake. Also, the 49er Gold Rush Trail (Hwy 49) winds from Auburn (near Tahoe) to Oakhurst (slightly north of Fresno and very near to Bass Lake) ~ 3-5 days well-spent.
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Yosemite - BOOK EARLY ... but if you can't get a spot there, that whole area is fantastic and lots of campgrounds (private and public) so you could easily make a day-trip in to Yosemite from places like Bass Lake. Also, the 49er Gold Rush Trail (Hwy 49) winds from Auburn (near Tahoe) to Oakhurst (slightly north of Fresno and very near to Bass Lake) ~ 3-5 days well-spent.

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Forgot to mention - the best place to enjoy the redwoods is the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt County, just across the state border from Oregon. However, there is also Muir Woods and the Big Basin area (near Santa Cruz). Lots of places to enjoy the redwoods.
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Yosemite for sure! I love Sequoia (and drive one! lol), but I'm in awe of Yosemite and have been since I first experienced it in the 70's. Have fun! What a great trip your family and you will have.
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Try to scoot over and see Crater Lake in Oregon, it is breathtakingly beautiful.
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