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Best route from Reno to San Fransisco

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Chaska, Minnesota
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Best route from Reno to San Fransisco

Hi - we are planning to fly into Reno on a Saturday and need to be in San Fran by late Wednesday (in October). What is the best route? what are the can't miss stops to make the trip fun? Thanks.

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1. Re: Best route from Reno to San Fransisco

Not sure what the "best" route means, but if you want a straight-line and "quickest" route, you simply take I-80 through Donner Pass to Sacramento to San Fran.

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2. Re: Best route from Reno to San Fransisco

It's not the easiest or fastest route, but a "CAN'T MISS" is Lake Tahoe, via Mt Rose hwy. from so. Reno. Then continue on 50, through So. Lk. Tahoe, to the Sacramento area.

Since you have 4 days, stay up there for a night or two, after a night or two in Reno. Virginia City and the Nevada State Museum in Carson City make a great 3/4 day loop trip.

Weather can be a problem in October, though. If it looks bad the whole 4 days, just head on over the pass on I-80, as Searcy said, and spend some time in SF.

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3. Re: Best route from Reno to San Fransisco

Thanks. We have a few days so we want to stop to see/do things along the way. Since we are traveling during the week of October 7th I am hoping the roads will be okay.

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4. Re: Best route from Reno to San Fransisco

If your planning to stop and see things, then Wolfdog's suggestion is good otherwise for a quick trip to San Fran go with Searcyone

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5. Re: Best route from Reno to San Fransisco

Is it a passable route in December between Reno and San Francisco to make by car ?

Thanks

Alberto

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6. Re: Best route from Reno to San Fransisco

Yes, it is passable, but can be extremely slow in bad weather, and often may require chains or 4WD.

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7. Re: Best route from Reno to San Fransisco

In general, the mountain area is the most fun.....and you have both routes I80 and I50 described above.

Then there is the flat delta area and Sacramento. For Sacramento, Old Sacramento is fun for a brief stop.

http://oldsacramento.com/

If you hare taking I80 into San Francisco, you could make a detour from I80 and go see Napa Valley. There is an exit from the road and you could be in Napa in half hour or so.

In general, once you leave the mountain areas, its more of a "get it done" type drive than to look for something fun to see. Have a good time.

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