Heed the playful call of California’s alpine majesty.
SQUAW VALLEY (12mi/19km; 20min). At High Camp , splash in a free-form heated pool at 8,200 feet. Get a massage at the Resort at Squaw Creek . Treat the kids to Shirley Temples at Plumpjack Café .
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (38mi/61km; 1hr6min). Ride the Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola for Instagram-worthy views. Snack on waffle sandwiches at Red Hut on Lake Tahoe Blvd . INFO Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority ; 800/288-2463
BEAR VALLEY (105mi/168km; 2hr47min). Take a family rock climbing lesson with Mountain Adventure Seminars . Fish in pretty Lake Alpine. Enjoy Bear Valley Music Festival (late July to mid-Aug). INFO Alpine County Chamber of Commerce ; 530/594-2475
LONE PINE (100mi/160km; 1hr43min). Wind through the Alabama Hills (a favorite backdrop for Westerns). Visit the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History . INFO Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce ; 760/876-4444