Hello. I am thinking about driving up from the Los Angeles area to visit Lake Tahoe and Reno in July, as I have never visited before. There may be as many as seven people total on the trip, using a rented mini-van. I am a relatively slow driver (at or slightly below speed limit), don't have the greatest reflexes, and not adventurous. Therefore, I am looking for the safest and easiest route since I am responsible for six other lives. I would prefer to avoid winding roads and steep inclines.
I have heard that there are three common routes: the 5, 99, and 395. Most people say that the 5 is boring while the 395 is beautiful. However, I could not find anything about the driving conditions of these three routes (plenty of posts about these routes' conditions when snowing). Which one is the easiest to drive?
Thanks for your help and feedback. I very much appreciate it.