To much to see to little time

Old May 7th, 2006, 09:24 AM
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To much to see to little time

My husband and I were given air travel to Reno and a condo at squall valley for our 25th anniversary may 21st thru 28th. We are not really skiers. Would like to see the redwoods on the upper coast. Any suggestions on the route to get there and things to do along the way? Whats the avg price for gas in Cal. Looking forward to our trip just don't which way to go when we get there
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Old May 7th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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You are 100% correct in thinking that
you should skip Reno and see the Redwoods. Avenue of the Giants near
Eureka, California is spectacular.
Try a google search of Redwoods and
Eureka California...there is lots and
lots of good info.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 02:18 PM
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Today at 2:15 pm, gas is around $3.30 in the suburbs of San Francisco.

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Old May 7th, 2006, 02:26 PM
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If you are flying into Reno, then heading west, you can head W. on I 80 til Ca 20. You can take 20 clear to the coast, stopping in Wiliams at Granzella's to stockup on Olives and stuff.
http://www.granzellas.com/
From there head up the coast.
An alternative would be to take Ca 89 to it's junction with I-5, then either head N. til
Ca 299, then W. to Eureka; or take 5 north to Southern Oregon, Ashland and Grants Pass, then SW on 199 til you reach 101,(top of the Redwood Empire) then head S. as far as you want.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 04:18 PM
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May is not ski season at SQUAW Valley. There is snow at the top of the mountains - but down at Lake Tahoe/Squaw Valley level it will be in the 60's (which would feel like the 80's at sea level.

So if your reason for not wanting to use the Squaw Valley condo is because of skiing - don't worry about that. Which complex is it? Some Squaw Valley units are VERY posh indeed.

From Reno to the Northern California coast/Redwoods/Avenue of the Giants is a VERY long ways.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 04:51 PM
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The resort is the olympic village inn.
we considered just keeping that for our base camp and make day trips in several directions from there. If there was one specific place to visit in that area what do you all suggest. Thank you for your replies and please keep them comming.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 07:43 PM
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It is Lake Tahoe - a major resort destination. Among other things there is: gambling (major casinos at southshore, a Hyatt regency at northshore plus smaller properties at the north end); boat trips on the lake - Paddle wheel steamers, catamarans and motorboats; Virginia City for gold/silver rush history, steam train mine tours, etc.; Reno; Shopping and dining in Truckee; fishing; amazing hikes; cable cars/trams to the tops of Squaw Valley and Heavenly Valley; fine dining, day spa, shopping right in Squaw Valley; golf several wonderful courses including Edgewood and Incline Village; and lots of good restaurants in Incline and North/South Shore

You may decide not to use the condo for the full week - but you'd definitely have enough to fill your days if you did.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 08:32 PM
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Trip from Squaw Valley to the Redwoods State Park is more than a day trip. One way is 7 hours from Squaw Valley. To Big Basin near Santa Cruz is like 5 hours and to Muir Woods is better at 3.5 hours. You can also take 89 south to 4 and see the giant Sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Which redwoods were you intending to see?
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Old May 8th, 2006, 02:02 AM
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Basically, Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe are nowhere near any redwoods, you might as well be in Arizona or Pennsylvania. If you want redwoods you should get a flight from Reno to Eureka and go from there.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 04:57 AM
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Wouldn't it be possible to make a round trip: lake Tahoe -Mono lake-Tioga pass(if open)Yosemite?Paul
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Old May 8th, 2006, 06:11 AM
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I figured they were leaving Reno for points west. It's definitely NOT a day trip.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 08:45 AM
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Tioga Pass will almost certainly not be open in May.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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janisj has given you a lot of good advice.

If Ebbett's pass, Hwy 4 has been cleared and is open (check Caltrans http://www.dot.ca.gov/) you could make a day trip to Calaveras Big Trees State Park. 120 miles and about a 3 hour drive from Olympic Village Inn.

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Old May 8th, 2006, 10:26 AM
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Dinner at Plumjack.
Isn't there a Jazz Fest in Squaw over Mem Day weekend?

Take the tram all the way to the top of the mountain.
Skating rink, bar/restaurant, heated swimming pool/jacuzzi. museum. Fantastic views!

bbq has some good suggestions Hwy 20 from I 80 to about Marysville is pretty country.
For a day trip take Hwy 20 to M'ville then south to Sacto and then back up I-80 to Squaw again? No redwoods but very pretty country.

Looks like Hwy 50 may be closed for a while due to big landslide yesterday.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 11:01 PM
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DH was on 50 today and said 1 lane was opened this afternoon.
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