Exploring Beyond the Lake Tahoe Basin: Day Trip Ideas

With all that Lake Tahoe has to offer, it’s easy to get swept up in the local fun – yet there is so much left to discover in the surrounding region. When staying at the Ridge Tahoe, you are in the perfect location to access new opportunities at your fingertips. Here are some ideas for quick day trips to nearby cities and towns.

Carson City
Being the capital city of Nevada, Carson City is rich in culture and history. Just a 20-minute drive from the Ridge, visitors can tour the many government buildings and museums. One favorite for children and families alike is the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Take a short train ride on one of the locomotives and learn the stories behind the Nevada railroads.

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All aboard! Courtesy: Nevada State Railroad Museum

If you want to spend a day relaxing while still taking a dip into the past, try the Carson Hot Springs. Since 1849, the Carson Hot Springs has provided water therapy and spa treatments using water enriched with over nine healthful minerals. You have the choice of using the outdoor pool or one of the private pools for the ultimate in relaxation.

Virginia City
Once a thriving heart of the Gold and Silver Rushes, Virginia City still has that spirit resonating through the streets. Just an hour away from the Ridge, you can travel back in time while experiencing a taste of the mining culture. Regardless if it’s panning for gold, touring a real mine or walking through the quaint boutiques, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

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Find some gold in Virginia City

Truckee
If you are looking for a thrilling adventure, check out Truckee River Whitewater Rafting. Offering half-day trips, the 7-mile courses take you through pine tree forests and around cottonwood bends. Whether you have been whitewater rafting before or it’s your first time, you will feel at ease with the experienced instructors.

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Feel the rush with Truckee River Whitewater Rafting

After your days of exploration in the surrounding region, you will be delighted to return to the Ridge for a good night’s sleep.

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.