Hello, We are interested in traveling from Lake Tahoe down to Los Angeles via the eastern Serrias (Hwy 395) or something close to this route in late December.
We will have spent a week at the snow at Squaw Valley beforehand and weather depending we will decide if its viable or safe enough to attempt the trip south. Is it possible to take this route in winter (we are from Australia)? We will have a hire car and have set aside 2 days to get to LA... hopefully making use of the mid-morning to mid-afternoon hours to get through.
What would be the total travel time... 9 hours or so? Also are there any side trips or places that are 'must see', which are still accessible at this time of the year along this route? As we are planning 2-3 to get down to LA where would be a good place to breakup the trip and spend a night or two? Bishop?
What is it like to visit the Death Valley area at this time of the year? Any suggestions on a route itinerary for Death Valley or over to the Mojave? Many thanks in advance. Cheers!