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Roadtrip : Hwy 395, CA

It was April 1st week and we had 4-days to do a road trip. Given the good snow year, Hwy 395 was a no brainer.

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Started Wednesday evening and drove 4 hours to Bakersfield to stay that night. Next day morning we drove another 4-hrs to Death Valley National Park.  It’s hour second trip to Death Valley this year and there is something about this park, that draws us to it.

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After a full day at Death Valley, we drove Hwy 395 north in awe of snow peaks.

Alabama Hills, especially Movie drive road is a must visit. The dirt road offers some spectacular views of the Eastern Sierras.

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After a short break at Bishop for lunch, we drove to Mammoth lakes.

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Stayed overnight at Mammoth lakes area. And next day morning drove around June lake Loop. We did this loop in Fall 2015 as well.

After a stop at Mono Lake, drove via Bridgeport, Nevada to South Lake Tahoe.

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It was the last day of skiing in Tahoe area and the resorts have closed down for season. Still there was plenty of snow on the mountains for road-trip sight seeing.

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Fallen Leaf lake near Tahoe is another gem of a lake that one can drive to. We were able to drive up to Glen Alpine Falls in early April.

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Further up, there was snow to drive to Lily Lake. So, we walked 0.6 mile(one way) to it on the snow.

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Mountains look extra beautiful with snow on them, if you get a chance, do go in April-May before the snow melts.

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Last stop was Emeralds Bay of Lake Tahoe.

Here is the itinerary:

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Drove back to bay area by 7PM.

This road trip is ideal for those who don’t want to walk much, most of the sites are car accessible.