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Old 05-06-2015, 06:47 PM   #1
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Best route Reno to US 101 in N California?

Looking for recs on best route for a 42 MH towing, to get from the Tahoe area over to the N Calif coast and pick up 101 northbound. We have decent mountain driving experience, but none in that area.
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I80 from Reno to Vallejo, then 37 west from I80 to 101 is the most direct route, although not necessarily the most scenic. You'll catch 101 near Novato. Less scenic routes will add quite a few miles and time. If you are leaving from South Shore and not Reno, then US50 to Sacramento, 80 to Vallejo, then 37 west.

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We've taken Hwy 50 a few times with no issues for our 40' MH.
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I go 50 or 80 to Sacramento I5 north to Williams sr20 west to 101 goes past Clear lake
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If you take the Hwy 37 through Vallejo route there is a shortcut before reaching 101 at Novato. Take Lakeville Hwy from 37 to 101 at Petaluma. Good road and light traffic.
The Williams/20 route will bypass a lot of traffic.
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If you take the Hwy 37 through Vallejo route there is a shortcut before reaching 101 at Novato. Take Lakeville Hwy from 37 to 101 at Petaluma. Good road and light traffic.
The Williams/20 route will bypass a lot of traffic.
I've used this one numerous times, It is a good route.
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Thanks to you all for your input. Looks like Hwy 20 will be best for us.
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Old 05-08-2015, 02:57 PM   #8
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Hwy 20 is best.
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Heading up into the wine country before picking up 101 is a great drive. You can stay in Calistoga at the Napa fairgrounds for $20 a night with passport America. Up to 4 nights with full hookups. Just blocks from the heart of town.
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