In late January 2013 we have planned to drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas (in one day) and like the idea of driving through Yosemite and Death Valley on the way. However, I have read there can be complications with closed roads during the winter. Does this mean that the route would become impossible and we would have to go the Bakersfield way, or there are other roads within Yosemite that we could take instead to get through to the other side of Yosemite and carry on to LV? Any advice on the topic would be much appreciated.
(Extra info: couple in 20s, haven't driven with chains before but have driven in icy conditions, not interested in doing the hikes).