We had initially intended on going through Yosemite National Park, however with late snow for the season and subsequent closures throughout the park we had to alter our originally planned route. This left us anything but disappointed however, as the stunning landscapes of tall pine trees from around the park, snow covered Sierra mountains (in spring no less) and beautifully vast dessert were breathtaking. These shots do not do the sheer immensity of these landscapes justice and I highly recommend exploring these beautiful parts of California if you get the chance.
This experience truly was case in point to just go with the flow, hit the road and don't look back.
Getting out of San Francisco was a breeze heading east on the Highway 50 and Highway 80 towards Lake Tahoe. From there we ventured South to the sublime Highway 395 where we were greeted with the best of the desert and outskirts of Yosemite National Park. At various point of the journey we had vast desert on one side and snow capped mountains on the other. It truly was a sight like no other and all up the drive took about one and a half days including an overnight stay and plenty of pit stops to take in our amazing surroundings.
Where to stop:
I highly recommend stopping in at Lake Tahoe with its gorgeous mountain backdrop and rock stacks along the lakes edge. On Highway 395 there are so many cute desert towns to visit such as Mammoth Lake, Bishop and Lone Pine Lake just to name a few. Oh and don't forget a cheeky In N Out Burger pit stop...with desert mountains as your backdrop no less.
When to travel:
We travelled in early April (Spring) and there was still snow on the mountains. If your heart is set on focussing on Yoesmite National Park I recommend waiting a few weeks until the end of April or early June. Otherwise early April was a great time to travel as we got to experience both the snow covered mountains, pine trees and dessert landscapes.