Magazine article Sunset

Tahoe Unbound

Magazine article Sunset

Tahoe Unbound

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Extend your Lake Tahoe vacation with ultra-scenic drives to three off-the-radar finds. Find a treasure trove of Gold Rush history, alpine beauty, and endless excuses to pull over, get out, and play.

HOPE VALLEY

Wow-worthy vistas

A half hour south of the lake,

this alpine valley might be best known for what it doesn't have than what it does. Here, pristine grassy meadows, edged by aspens and high peaks, have miraculously dodged development. The one hub of activity is Sorensen's Resort, an off-the-charts-charming cluster of cozy cabins. Make a point to pull over for a meal in the homey cafe- especially for weekend brunch on the sunny deck.

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sorensensresort. com

2 GENOA

Old West history in the high desert

Cresting Kingsbury Grade on Tahoe's east side, the view transforms from Sierra alpine to the sweeping high desert of Nevada's Carson Valley. Here sits tiny, preserved-in-amber Genoa, once an Old West way station for 1850s emigrants heading west in search of gold and a new life. …

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