We are hoping to travel Amtrack to Sacramento and will then pick up a car and head North. Our first destination would be Lassen. However we've noted that the California Zephyr is frequently late so that we cannot rely on the arrival time of 2 pm. We'll also have to pick up our pre booked vehicle.
To be on the safe side I think we're looking to a drive time of 90 mins - 2 hours. This is on the basis that we wouldn't want to arrive later than 8.30 or so.
Is there anywhere within that range that would be a good stopping off point, hopefully being attractive and offering clean and restful accommodation after our two nights on the rails?
If anyone has any ideas, they'd be gratefully received