Hi there. I'll be taking about two weeks off around Thanksgiving to go from Phoenix to Nevada City, CA then to Orinda, CA to visit family. I was thinking about taking CA 395 up to Nevada City starting on November 23rd. It will be me and my three kids in a minivan (Honda Odyssey). Will the roads be passable on the northern end of 395 this time of year? I've taken the route during the summer and of course had no problems. This late in the year and having the kids in the car has me worried.
Any thoughts on this? The other option would be to go via the central valley.
Plus, any advice on good towns/hotels to stay at would be appreciated.