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Driving from Los Angeles to Yosemite - How Long?

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1. Posted by lviscrst (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

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This summer I will be renting a car and driving from Los Angeles to Yosemite. Approximately how long should I figure that will take?

I will then be driving from Yosemite to San Francisco/Marin County area. Any guesses as to how long that will take?

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by UK (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y

LA to Yosemite is approx 295 miles and 5 hours 10 mins continuous driving. Yosemite to San Francisco is approx 208 miles and 4 hours continuous driving.

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3. Posted by karotw (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

True that it's 295 miles from LA to Yosemite and in really should only take about 5 hours. However, just want to warn you that the traffic in LA can be horrible at certain times of day - usually between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the weekdays. Fridays are especially bad becase many people are traveling out of town on Friday. I have known people to leave at 1 p.m. on Friday for Yosemite and have it taken them 7 or 8 hours. . . .especially in the summer.

Just something else to consider in your planning. . .