Two more feet of snow has blanketed the Tahoe area, but instead of heading to the crowded larger resorts, we're dreaming of backwoods trails away from the masses (and where no one can see us try out a split board).
Tahoe is a veritable winter wonderland right now with 4 to 7 feet of fresh snow! To keep from falling up to your waist in the cold powder, strap on a pair of snowshoes. These five snowshoe tours have everything from twilight treks, to star gazing, to feeding little birds from the palm of your hand.
Tucked into the forested foothills of Gold Country, the small towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley are about 40 minutes from North Lake Tahoe down windy Highway 20. For a winter getaway these little towns do the holidays right: from Nevada City's charming Victorian Christmas to cozy winery tasting rooms you'll probably want to stay longer than a weekend.
Just a week before Thanksgiving, Tahoe’s ski resorts are already in full swing due to several feet of powdery snow. Most resorts have at least 18 to 30 inches of fresh white stuff as well as some seasonal improvements and events for skiers, snowboarders, and those who just want to play in the mountains.
The rugged beauty of Alpine and Mono Counties attracts not only visitors interested in tiny communities, ski resorts, hot springs, and granite peaks, but also those who want to disappear into the wilderness for a few days. Spread between Highway 50 and the Sonora Junction, this area south of Lake Tahoe will help you trade in the city for the great outdoors.
If watching the movie Wild made you want to strap on a backpack and hit the Pacific Crest Trail, then head to Tahoe this fall for some quick overnight treks to satiate your wanderlust. If you're new to the sport, these five backpacking trails will challenge you, but also reveal the best places around the lake to pitch a tent and take a nap during a long weekend.
Reno isn’t called Artown for nothin’. The city mostly known for its gaming is blooming with Burning Man sculptures, murals, Broadway musicals, and bluegrass music. The Nevada Museum of Art and its Center for Art + Environment was recently awarded a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and will soon have one of the best views in Reno from its new Sky Room. Art in all its forms is now woven through the fabric of the city in unexpected ways.
Reno residents have long experienced the train of art cars and their Burner inhabitants that stream through the city en route to Burning Man in northern Nevada each August, leaving a trail of dust behind them on their way back out. But now the city offers a bit of respite for festival-goers as host to the world's first dedicated Burning Man hotel.
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