@DwightET here's a few ideas...

Southern UTAH has Moab and surrounds including, Arches, also Capitol Reef, Zion and Bryce lots of other stuff. There is sometimes snow but I don't think it hangs about.  You should check of course.   Once you are through Death Valley, 395 up the eastern Sierra is open in the winter. Lone Pine and Mt Whitney (lights up at sunrise) , Mammoth, Bodie ghost town (can be snow), Virginia City (more touristy Ghost town havn't been in a while) and you can reliably cross on Highway 80 past Lake Tahoe.  You are suppose to carry chains and you may need to use them but it is function of money...generally there are chain installers and I think they rent chains...not sure how that works since I always had my own but you can probably time it for when the road is dry if you are not in a hurry.  Generally the road around Tahoe and Highway 50 to the west are also open and often dry with the same chain requirement but it closes first if there is snow and chain installers may be less reliable.  You can always come around the southern end. Josuha Trees and Palm Springs could be interesting although I have never been there.  Or the Sierra crossing that goes via Lake Isabella is nice.  If the road is not washed or on fire,  Highway 1 up from Pismo beach but really starting at San Luis Obisbo/ Morro Bay is a nice drive.  San Francisco and wine country.  Going north out of Ca into Or there is Shasta, Lava beds, Crater Lake. Columbia River Gorge for a more central route using 5.. or you can go coastal up 101 and or 1 through the Redwoods.  If you have time  you can do a bit of both.