I am planing a trip in Late March / early April, and on one leg am hoping to drive from the South end of the General's HIghway (eg Visalia) to Furnace Creek, Death Valley.
Other than just any general observations you may have, I have a couple of specific questions I was hoping someone could help with:
(a) would the fastest route be simply the 99 down to Bakersfield, then the 58 to Hwy 14, connect up with Hwy 395 and then into Death Valley on the 190;
(b) woudl you go the Hwy 58/14/395 combination, or would you go the hwy 178/395 alternative? Which is quicker / more scenic?
(c) to get from Visalia to Bakersfield, would you go hwy 99, or Hwy 65?
(d) finally, there seem to be a number of other roads to essentially cross from hwy 99 to hwy 395 - there seems to be the 155 from Delano to Lake Isabella, or a road that goes from Ducor , California Hot Springs and Johnsondale. I have discounted them because of teh time of year (last week of March) and a general prefernce (with 3 kids in the car) for more major roads. But views would be greatly appreciated.