We 2A + 12yo son are travelling to San Fran in Jan 19 and would love some ideas on what and how to see the area, we have around 10 days to make our way to Steamboat Springs.
I've wanted to see the Yosemite and death valley areas for years however not sure this is a great idea in Winter? and wonder if we skip this area and look at it in a better season in years to come and spend more time ?
We like the backroads and small little towns meeting locals rather than other tourists everywhere such as Los Olivos, Pismo, verde and the like!
I am really looking for ideas so a little about us to help with your opinion...
From a beautiful part of Australian coast, have experience in Driving trucks and Rv's in Aus, new Zealand and the USA, love camping and not afraid of driving big miles for a great reward at the end??? Some areas to mention we Have seen and loved to further help with your thought process and opinions: Canadian Rockies between Whistler and Banff, South CA (Pismo to LA) coast in August, Daytona and Orlando over December/January and Colorado rockies in the winter, South and North NZ in different seasons.
Is it a bad idea to travel in RV in Winter with poor road conditions and limited entry to places???
We can change to a car for the trip but obviously plans for accommodation are more specific rather than travel in RV where plans especially for accommodation can be modified along the way.
A very rough plan with no particular order:
San Fran 3 days
Napa valley to coast
Any other suggestions?
Mammoth mtn (Ski area)?
Yosemite? (which parts as I understand Tioga pass closed in winter)
Or skip the south just head across to Slat lake city from Napa/Tahoe area? (what are the roads like across Navada to Utah in Winter?)
We are open to any suggestions and really appreciate any ideas and opinions!
I am a bit worried I have made this question too big and open?? however we have learn't over the years the local knowledge is best and we try to offer the same any time we can help someone else!
Thanks in advance & have a great day from AUSTRALIA!