My wife and I are planning a trip for the Christmas and New Year holidays. We will be leaving the US soon, so this might be the last long road trip here for us. I'm tempted to travel "the loneliest road in the US" (US-50) across Nevada. We will start from Santa Cruz, CA and want to reach the national parks in Utah (Zion and others). On our way back we plan to go through Las Vegas and possibly Death Valley. My main concern is whether my Prius (2007) will do fine in the trip. I know the roads near Lake Tahoe is sometime snowy and may require chains, but what about the rest of US-50 in Nevada? Should I expect any tough road condition after Tahoe? Should I consider renting a 4WD SUV? I have snow chains but have never used them.
Since I have plenty of vacation days to take off of work, I'm considering the possibility of getting to Yellowstone. But does it make sense at all to go there in the winter? Will most of it be closed?
Many thanks for your suggestions.