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Overnight trips from Fresno

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Overnight trips from Fresno

We are visiting our daughter who moved to fresno a year ago this July. Our 16 year old Grandaughter will be with us. We are from Louisiana. We would like to take our Grandaughter on at at least a overnight trip. Husband is handicapped so we are limited on walking. When we bo on tiips we like to take van tours I am thinking Yosimite will be to crowded. She has never been anywhere but the beach for a vacation. Any suggestions.

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1. Re: Overnight trips from Fresno

Yosemite will be crowded, but only you can determine the level of "too crowded." If you're still considering this popular NP, read the Top Questions on the Yosemite forum page as well as this article about disabled visitors: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g61000-c156159

A less crowded option would be to go to Sequoia Kings Canyon NP. Read that forum page for more details.

If you want to escape the dry heat of Fresno, a trip to the foggy coast might be a great idea.

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2. Re: Overnight trips from Fresno

You might your granddaughter and a friend for an overnight to Magic Mountain amusement park in Santa Clarita, north of LA. It's less than a 3-hour drive from Fresno. You and hubby could find a comfy cafe or other good spot for people-watching in the park, while the teens have fun on all the rides. Book a hotel/motel with a nice pool and decent restaurants nearby.

If you leave early enough the first day, you could put in almost a full day (and evening) and another full day the next. Even staying until about 6 p.m., you could make it back to Fresno by nightfall.

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I guess our replies would depend on what all of you are interested in or like to do. Even though extensive walking is out, do you enjoy nature, history, shopping, museums, music, or ??? And wll you be limited to one night, or can you stay a couple of nights somewhere?

Yosemite and Sequoia=Kings Canyon national parks were already mentioned.

If you take the west fork at Oakhurst rather than go into Yosemite, you will be on Hwy 49, the California Gold Rush historic byway. The true Mother Lode country begins around Mariposa, but there are more historic mining communities north of Hwy 120. Sonora, Jamestown, Columbia, Murphy’s, and Angel’s Camp (setting for Mark Twain’s famous “jumping frog” story) have preserved 1850s main streets with restaurants, shops, museums, and B&Bs or hotels in historic buildings. From Fresno to Angel’s Camp on the scenic route is about 150 miles, excluding sightseeing detours. You could return through the San Joaquin Valley by taking Hwy 108 west to Oakdale, county roads to Turlock, and Hwy 99 to Fresno. This would be a similar distance to the scenic Gold Country route but might take less time because a lot of it is freeway,

A couple of people mentioned the coast. You didn’t say where in Louisiana you live or what kind of beach experiences your family has had, so the Calif. coast might be different and fun. It’s also about 150 miles from Fresno to Pismo Beach, a quaint little coastal town. There are plenty of lodgings choices in town. Be aware that summer is fog season on our coast, so beach towns in northern and central Calif. may not be suitable for swimming or other water activities. You’d have to go farther south, probably at least to the Santa Barbara and Ventura area. For the return trip, instead of Hwy 41, you might consider 101 north for a stretch, and a visit to Mission San Miguel Arcangel, one of the 19th century Spanish Franciscan missions that extend along the west side of Calif. from San Diego to Sonoma. Then continue north on 101 to Hwy 198 to return to Fresno.

Another historic mission, with more of a town around it, is San Juan Bautista. This is only about 125 miles from Fresno. Along with the mission, there are preserved historic buildings from the Mexican and American eras of Calif. history, and the town itself has lots of interesting shops and many restaurants. Lodgings are limited: a motel and a B&B or two, or a handful of motels in nearby Hollister. From San Juan Bautista, it’s about 15 miles to Gilroy, location of one of the biggest outlet centers in northern Calif.

Of course, Fresno is less than 4 hours from San Francisco, but there is so much to see and do that I don’t think you would want to make it a one-night trip.

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4. Re: Overnight trips from Fresno

Its gonna be hot in Fresno in July. The gold country will be hot. We usually escape to the mountains or the coast. I would still venture to Yosemite since you are visiting from so far away. You can do the tram valley tour and drive to Glacier point easily. Done that with a friend who is basically a quadriplegic.

The coast here is so different from the gulf coast. Its cool, sweatshirt weather, in the summer and is a nice break from the heat (dry) in Fresno. Monterey is 2.50 hours away, and the aquarium is awesome. Pismo is fun for teens and you can rent ATVS at Oceano to ride on the beach.

For day trips, Shaver and Huntington Lakes are 1 hour and 1.5 hours respectively. Nice cool weather up there and you can rent pontoon boats at Shaver which might work for your husband depending on his disability.

Sequoia IMO is less friendly for people with disabilities. You can do Sherman tree and possibly Grants Grove (can't remember if its paved), but much there is dependent on hiking. Yosemite valley is more accessible.

PM me if you need anymore information!

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5. Re: Overnight trips from Fresno

I am afraid Yosemite would be to crowded for us. Shaver and Huntington Lakes sound like a good idea for a day trip. The coast is another option for overnight. Will also check out the other parks. Thank you.

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Thanks everyone for all the information. I will take it all into consideration.

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