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    My wife and I will take a road trip to Reno from San Diego during thanksgiving holidays. I'm seeing there are various options as far as direction goes. I was wondering if you have any recommendation for the direction that we should take, I5+80 or I15+ 395 or something else? Apparently we would like to avoid traffic and chain. We'll be driving two days before the holiday. Thanks.

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    Welcome!

    You will have to keep your options open and make your decision at the last minute after checking conditions and the forecast. If the conditions are okay, I-15/US-395 is the most direct and is 80 miles shorter than I-5/I-80. That also keeps you away from downtown LA.

    If there is snow in the area, there may be a chain requirement on parts of US-395. However, there also may be a chain requirement on I-80.

    If you find you will have to take I-80 instead of US-395, you can bypass most of the LA traffic by taking I-15 to I-395, then CA-58 to Bakersfield and CA-99 to Sacramento to pick up I-80. However, this does add yet another 50 miles, pushing the trip up to about 700 miles.

    No matter which way you go, it will be a very long day on the road, and I'd advise you to leave very early in the morning. If you must leave any later, please plan on spending a night on the road enroute.

    If you need chains, Walmart used to sell cable chains real cheap in the San Diego area - I don't know if they still do. I bought a set for my sister's Grand Prix for 30 bucks at the WM in Santee a couple years ago so she and my nephew could get up to Big Bear for some skiing and snowboarding.

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    Update:

    You may be facing poor conditions no matter which way you go. I would plan on taking 2 days to get from SD to Reno.

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    Thank you or for the reply, if we happen to stay a night in the road, where do you recommend to stay? Perhaps somewhere that we can visit some attractions in the day after?

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    It all depends on which way you go and how far you can make it the first day. I think you are going to have to play the whole trip by ear. If you go up 395, you will be going right past Death Valley, and there is a pretty decent selection of reasonably priced hotels in Bishop. If you go up 5 or 99, there are several cities with plenty of hotels - the 3 biggest are Bakersfield, Fresno, and Sacramento. However, the major attractions such as Sequoia and Yosemite will likely have snow to deal with. Even with 2 days, I don't think you would have time to go up the coast road.

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