Northern California Road Trip Route - 2012 Subaru Impreza Long-Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza Long Term Road Test

2012 Subaru Impreza: Northern California Road Trip Route

March 29, 2013

2012 Subaru Impreza

I've got a little over 1,100 miles to cover in the next five days and I'll be doing it in our long-term 2012 Subaru Impreza. I'll be spending the night at my father's house in Nevada City, then spending three days in Monterey, California, and finally taking the coastal route back home to Los Angeles. There will likely be snow on the ground as I pass Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe, so I'll bring the chains just in case.

Would taking Interstate Highway 5 be quicker and easier? Absolutely. But other than U.S. Interstate 70 across Kansas, I can't recall a more boring stretch of road than I-5 through central California. I've never driven U.S. Route 395 before but if we're going by the map, it will definitely add some s-curves, hills, and trees to my journey.

Be sure to follow @edmundsinc on Instagram as I'll be posting photos along the way.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Pretty drive up the east side of the Sierras. If you have time for a side trip to King's Canyon/Sequoia or Yosemite, do it.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Unless I were squeezed for time I would take the PCH from Monterey to San Luis Obispo and then 101 to LA instead of taking 101 the entire way. Certainly at Edmunds you know that the PCH through the Central Coast is one of the finest scenic drives in the US.

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