United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Is it Appropriate for Grandmother to Sing to Bar Mitzvah Boy?
  2. 2 New York City
  3. 3 How many days recommended for Williamsburg stay?
  4. 4 What should a foreigner know about the US?
  5. 5 Denver/Breckenridge/Summit County
  6. 6 Driving from Yosemite to Las Vegas via Death Valley in December?
  7. 7 Relocating to the Deep South
  8. 8 Hawaii in August w 6 year old boy
  9. 9 How can the weather report be so wrong?
  10. 10 Nice hotel / B&B in Tucson - January
  11. 11 Late Feb/Early March honeymoon: Maui, Kauai, or other?
  12. 12 Itinerary to America - Guidance Needed
  13. 13 Arlington funeral plans
  14. 14 destin resorts
  15. 15 Utah: Southern Parks Itinerary Help
  16. 16 Not sure how long and how to explore the florida keys
  17. 17 Trip Report Inter-island time Hawaii
  18. 18 Trip Report NOLA Trip Report, October 2015
  19. 19 Trip Report OUR MANHATTAN ADVENTURE 2015
  20. 20 Suggestions for summer vacation near lake with dog
  21. 21 Hotels in Beaufort, SC and Charleston, SC
  22. 22 Philadelphia PA: Safe Place/Watched Lot to Leave Car Near NYC Bus Depot
  23. 23 Nashville Weekend Bachelorette Trip
  24. 24 California road trip - oneway or round trip
  25. 25 Warren & Annbelle's Maui
View next 25 » Back to the top

Christmas trip to Gold Country: Q on distances & day trip to Lake Tahoe

Jump to last reply

I'm trying to plan a trip with my elderly (but mobile) father from 23-26 December in the Gold Country. We will be driving out from SF. I could use some advice on what's realistic and advisable as far as covering distances and handling weather conditions in a rental car.

I am thinking of staying somewhere like Folsom (just east of Sacramento) or Auburn. That's because we prefer something more like a full-service hotel than a B&B, and because if the weather is bad I'd like to preserve the option of us going easily to the movies.

If we stay in Auburn, is it realistic to:
- spend a day driving down Route 49 to Columbia and back (question is about distance)?
- spend a day driving over to Lake Tahoe on Route 50, and either take the drive around it or just go someplace pretty on the shore (question is about distance and weather and crowding over Christmas holidays)?

I've checked http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ , California's online guide to road conditions. Nothing there shows chains required or bad weather on any of the roads in question -- now. But I don't have a sense of whether that's more likely than not to persist.

Any recommendations welcome.

51 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.