[QUOTE=montiem;936496]I am planning a trip cross country next spring, I plan to visit California going I-40 from Tennessee. Starting from Barstow going north on 395 to to Sequoia and Yosemite, then turning west to catch the I=5 and continue north. Just thinking about this route to see the other side of California. Can anyone tell how stupid this might be?
Well not stupid,but 395 is "purtier" to me. The hwy 99 goes thru farm areas ,orchards etc. Thats pretty too,it just depends what you like.
Once into the San juaquin valley , be sure to see the Mother Load along hwy 49.
When you leave Sacramento its a much nicer drive to go the hwy 99 north in June thru Sept
The I-5 isnt as nice a drive,but you do miss driving through the towns along the way as I recall.
If you go during hArvest season june thru Sept. There are lots of fruit /nuts/veg stands set up by local farmers.
Im familiar with from Sac, yuba city,marysville on the Hwy 99 and up through Gridley . Thats where most of the fruits,vegs are grown and sold. WONDERFUL buys and the best watermelons,peaches etc. June July August. Especially August.
There are other places along 99 Im sure,but I am not as familiar with those areas. From Sac north its very rural with hwy 99 a 2 lane road and easy pull offs to fruit stands
Also another good area is east of the 99 on Hwy 70. It travels through marysville which is next (east of) Yuba city and goes up to oroville. There are as many fruit stands just north of Marysville.
When North of Marysville and finished stocking up on fruit You can always cut over to hw99 from hwy 70 to resume on the 99 ,north of Gridley, and continue on to chico and north.