I'm heading to San Jose for a business trip but will have 3 days afterward to do anything. Having never been west of niagara falls, I'm not sure what to expect in terms of weather. I know in new england this winter has been much warmer than before, but don't know if the same goes for CA. I want to see as much nature/landscapes/whatever as possible, cities are not really my thing. I wanted to do a long drive through Yosemite, down to LA through the san antonio mountain area (specifically the Angeles Crest Highway) and back up to San Jose along the coast, spanning 2 or 3 days. Turns out it also snows in California (who knew! ) and I read that some roads (like the one that goes through Yosemite) may be closed for the winter. Since the whole point of this drive is to see a ton of different places, this limits my options. Any locals who might know if the angeles crest highway (route 2) is open during the winter? A little snow is fine (I live in new england) but I don't want to be stuck in a blizzard on a mountain. Any other places in the area that are worth seeing? I'm trying to find things on google earth but there's always some places that look much better in person.