United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

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

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 RIP Rizzoli, J&R Music, Pearl Paint
  2. 2 Maui vacation
  3. 3 Broadway Banter 2014: Starting off with book recommendation
  4. 4 Hotel to stay before Channel Islands
  5. 5 Brooklyn why?
  6. 6 2 Days in Portland - Best of?
  7. 7 What to see/do in Baltimore without a car?
  8. 8 Favorite Washington, DC restaurants
  9. 9 Valdez (keystone canyon falls)? Matanuska? and other itinerary help
  10. 10 Boston to PEI: Where would YOU stop over?
  11. 11 NYC apartments through CitySonnet.com
  12. 12 Trip to Portland and Oregon Wine Tour
  13. 13 NYC over Memorial Day Weekend 2014
  14. 14 WISCONSIN
  15. 15 Road trip from Nashville to Dallas
  16. 16 WEst Coast WINTER holiday - 5 weeks driving.
  17. 17 Best non-chic, non-strip Hotel choices in Las Vegas??
  18. 18 Yellowstone Lodging in October
  19. 19 Roadtrip Across the Country
  20. 20 Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton itinerary - advice requested please!
  21. 21 New York City Restaurants
  22. 22 let's do a new Hawaii countdown
  23. 23 Hotel recommendation for San Francisco
  24. 24 Antelope Canyon. Tour form Page or just show up there and pick a guide ?
  25. 25 AK-Glacier Bay, Wrangel Elias, Lake Clark, Matanuska glacier, Valdez?
View next 25 » Back to the top