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Jaice M. Rivas

Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway

This is an idyllic drive for those who crave tight switchbacks, tiny hamlets and multiple alpine vistas.

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Rachid Dahnoun

Markleeville

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Markleeville

Turn back time with a walk through tiny Markleeville, the county seat of Alpine County, an hour’s drive from Lake Tahoe. Founded in 1861 during the Nevada silver rush, the town once boasted a population of nearly 3,000 people but today there’s only a few hundred. Many original 19th-century buildings still stand, like the Markleeville General Store, where locals and visitors hang out on the front porch. For epicurean dining, head to Stonefly, an Italian café that serves wood-fired pizzas, or get your caffeine fix at Alps Haus Café. Visit the Alpine County Museum to see the Old Webster School, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1882. Tour the mid-1800s jail, constructed with seemingly impenetrable iron doors and vertical log walls. Farming, mining, and lumbering tools are on display, plus Washoe Indian baskets and artifacts.

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Brett Stevens

Stonefly

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Stonefly

Enjoy epicurean dining at Stonefly.