Yosemite is an awesome place to visit, but be ready for the crowds. Highly recommend you leave the Armada parked and use public transportation to visit all of the valley attractions, including going to Glacier Point, or you'll spend half of your time looking for a place to park. Lot's of hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to strenuous hikes; no matter where you go, it will be spectacular.
If you're looking for a place away from the beaten path, recommend you drive out of the valley and go up to the top of Tioga Pass. There really is no place like that, you see a bunch of sights (like, Half Dome from the back side), and also see the Sierra high country. We like to pack a lunch and stop at Tioga Lake and hang out, let the kids go in the water (the water is ice cold, so be ready for that), and relax. Another place we like to go, again to get away from the crowds, is Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
Sequoia National Park is quite a bit south of Yosemite, and would make a long day trip; I wouldn't recommend trying to do that as a day trip, there are plenty of things to do around Yosemite to fill up all of your time.
Finally, make sure to go over to the Awhanee Hotel and have a drink, or better yet, go have dinner (make reservations, or eat at an odd hour). Simply a spectacular place.
I'm assuming, since you're from San Diego, you will be driving up from the south. Consider going up the west side, through Fresno, but go home over the Tioga Pass, and down the Eastern side of the Sierras through Bishop and Lone Pine; stop for the night in Mammoth if you have time. The drive from there down 395 to LA is probably one of the most scenic drives you'll ever find. Bodie ghost town is also a must visit if you're in that area.
Enjoy.....I'm very envious.
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Last edited by Campfamily; 06-17-2013 at 07:59 PM.