My family & I will be driving from San Diego to Palm Desert the Sunday before Thanksgiving via the mountain route - including a stop at the Mt. Palomar observatory. Last time I checked the hours Palomar was open that day. Any other suggestions or recommendations? Places to see and or a place to eat? Preferred routes? There will be four of us, my kids are 13 & 10. We will leave San Diego fairly early in the morning to make this drive.
Also, I am renting an SUV for the trip just to be safe as I assume November weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. When my wife & I did this several years ago (in mid to late spring) I seem to remember seeing requiring a 4x4 and/or chains on some of the roads if there is snowpack. Is this accurate?
Just an FYI, driving in snow & ice is not a problem for me (I'm a Minnesotan) but I also don't want to turn around because I'm not prepared.