Find outdoor adventure served up with memorable meals , ranging from roadside to romantic, in California’s dramatic mountain region.
Ride the lifts in the summer for alpine hiking and mountain biking. Toast with swank cocktails at Ritz-Carlton Highlands, where you can also dine at Traci des Jardins’ noteworthy Manzanita.
South Lake Tahoe
Take twisting Highway 89 past Emerald Bay State Park and low-key Pope beach. At South Lake Tahoe dine at Heavenly Village.
Fishing, rafting, cycling, hiking-good thing this active town also has Grover Hot Spring State Park for soaking those sore muscles (kids love the pools too).
Take a hike at other-worldy Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve. Whoa Nellie Deli rocks with astounding food, mango margaritas, and live music in the summer.
Get gear at Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center, then hike, pedal a mountain bike, or cast a linear spectacular Twin Lakes. Get a massage at Double Eagle Spa, then dine at romantic Tamarack Lodge.
Back track to climb up to Tuolumne Meadows via Highway 120, then descend into unforgettable Yosemite Valley. Splurge on Sunday brunch at the Ahwahnee, then bike it off on easy paved trails.
Raft the mighty Tuolumne then head to historic Groveland Hotel, known for fresh California cuisine, impressive local wines, and spirited shows in the summer.
Ride Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, explore Fresno Flats Historic Park, see giant sequoias at peaceful Nelder Grove, and dine on haute cuisine at Erna’s Elderberry House.