Caught Between Mountains On Route 395

395, California, USA

You would be forgiven for thinking that driving nearly 200 miles on one fairly straight road might be quite boring. Route 395 could be described as anything but. Occupying a valley carved through the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, there are stunning landscapes in every direction. It feels like you are always driving towards something spectacular.

Setting off from Lone Pine at 8am, we spent the next 11 hours taking in the highlights of Route 395 on our journey to South Lake Tahoe. Given our tight schedule we didn’t venture too far from the road laid out before us. I’m sure we could have easily spent a few more days exploring the mountains either side of the valley. Considering the wealth of natural beauty around us, we barely scratched the surface!

One thing that’s impossible to ignore whilst driving through this region of the US is the incredible diversity of the landscape. It’s hard to believe that this shot was taken less than 100 miles from the desolate plains of Death Valley. I’d love to know of any other locations where you can encounter the harsh reality of the desert, followed by the staggering beauty of snowy mountains no more than 2 hours apart. For anyone who enjoys landscape photography it really is a dream to explore.

Have you driven Route 395? Do you know of any other roads that give you that feeling of moving towards something incredible? Or maybe you know of a long, straight road that’s so boring I should try my best to avoid it in the future?! Please get in touch!

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8 thoughts on “Caught Between Mountains On Route 395

  1. heidikins

    You should try Southern Utah, especially in the late fall, winter, or spring. The La Sal mountains often have snow year round and are surrounding by desert and red rock country.

    xox

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    1. Ben Post author

      Wow, that’s certainly quite a contrast! I had no idea there were mountains in this area of Utah. I’ve been looking at doing a road trip from Denver to Phoenix through red rock country, so I think you’ve just added another location to my itinerary ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. heidikins

        Ooooh, have I got recommendations for you! Arches, Canyonlands (my fave), Monument Valley (no snowy mountains there)…your photo-loving heart just might burst! I think you’ll get the best views of the La Sal’s closer to Moab/Arches. And if you want to head a little farther West before you head to Phoenix there’s Zion National Park (red cliffs topped with white sandstone! Gorgeous views! The Narrows!), Antelope Canyon (need a permit), The Wave (also, permit), Navajo Bridge outside of Page, AZ, The Vermillion Cliffs. Red Rock Country is my favorite, hands down The Grand Canyon is also somewhere along your route and is, of course, stunning. ๐Ÿ™‚

        xox

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        1. Ben Post author

          Fantastic, thanks for all the detail! There is so much to do in that part of the US, two weeks will be nowhere near enough time. But we’ll do our best with the time we have. I get most excited about the reds and oranges. They’re so beautiful! I’ll let you know if we do decide to take the trip this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Mike. My only complaint about this route is that there weren’t enough places to pull over and appreciate the view. I could have taken so many more photographs here!

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  2. Sreejith Nair

    In this route I would drive at 20 miles per hour, if there is no lower speed limits ๐Ÿ™‚

    In fact, I won’t drive, I’ll just sit and appreciate the nature, what a place!!!

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    1. Ben Post author

      I’ve no idea if there is a lower speed limit. But I think that sounds like a great idea! Unfortunately I often find myself without anywhere near enough time to truly appreciate landscapes like this. But it always gives me a great reason to return one day ๐Ÿ™‚

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