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Palisades Tahoe is the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region, boasting 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains. Formerly Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, the more than 70-year-old resort celebrates a rich history as the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the Spring Skiing Capital, and home mountain to dozens of Olympic and World Cup athletes across multiple snow sports. With an average annual snowfall of 400 inches, Palisades Tahoe frequently operates the longest ski and snowboard season in Lake Tahoe. The Village at Palisades Tahoe offers year-round events and over 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques, many of which are locally owned and operated. Palisades Tahoe is on the Ikon Pass, which offers access to 47 international ski destinations.
From its celebrated coastline to its broad heartland and granite Sierra peaks, California offers a lifetime of vacations in one Golden State. In a place this big and diverse, there is truly something for everyone—and plenty left over to keep you coming back. Sunny beaches and surfers in the waves, dazzling cities filled with culture and entertainment, jaw-dropping parklands and vistas worthy of any bucket list—California has incomparable star quality. Enjoy a kid’s wish list of iconic theme parks, or indulge in some of the best food and wine experiences in the world. Whether seen from a five-star hotel balcony or through tent flaps, California is truly golden.
Yosemite National Park: Nature at its Best
With 2,000km2 of wilderness, Yosemite gives you a chance to become immersed in nature at its best. If you want to go camping, reservations are needed. The extra planning is worth it to fully surround yourself in this incredible landscape. If camping isn’t an option for you, it is possible to make a day trip of the park with some amazing lookouts along the way; “The Tunnel View” is one of them.
One of the highlights for me was Mariposa Grove, which is home to the giant sequoia trees, some growing up to 70 meters tall; the oldest “Grizzly Giant” is believed to be over 2,000 years old. Arriving at the car park, it was about a 3km round-trip to see them all. It’s difficult to describe how big the trees are; it’s definitely other-worldly and something you’ll want to experience.
Serene to Extreme Gold Country Whitewater Rafting
If you’re a fan of whitewater rafting, or want to give it a go, then head to Gold Country. I did a half-day trip. Apart from being an exhilarating experience – albeit a very wet one – it really does give you the sense of getting away from it all. There are plenty of companies offering trips ranging from a half-day to four days or more, catering for all skill levels and ages.
If you are travelling to California and you need to get an outdoor fix, head to Central California. You will not be disappointed.
California: Road trip paradise!