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Mt. Rose Highway Scenic Viewpoint Sugar Pine Point State Park

This park gives a glimpse back in history with its lovely Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, surrounding grounds and boat houses. But it is also features a beautiful shoreline and trails through a forest populated with its name-sake tree.

A short drive above Incline Village on Nevada Highway 431 is a scenic pull-off with unobstructed views of the Lake Tahoe Basin, spectacular day or night. The road from there north to Reno includes a winding descent with expansive views.

Tallac Historic Site & Beaches Donner Memorial State Park

A recently re-designed museum tells the stories of the infamous Donner Party and other Western pioneers. The park also includes grassy shoreline and trails along Donner Lake.

Connected by bike trail with South Lake Tahoe, the Historic Site’s white sand beaches and green lawns extend down a long stretch of lakeshore. Stroll past “Gilded Age” mansions or take in one of the concerts scheduled there this summer.

Old Highway 40 Virginia City

This 1860s silver boomtown was pivotal in helping the Union finance the Civil War. It is remarkably well-preserved, with wooden boardwalks in front of its downtown shops. The high-desert drive from either Carson City or South Reno completes the Old West journey.

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This alternate route from Interstate 80 over Donner Summit parallels the historic pioneer trail and railroad tracks over the Sierra Crest, its switchbacks and scenic pull-outs often featured in national car commercials. From the pass, a short hike reaches the abandoned train tunnels and “Chinese wall” constructed in the 1860s. Construction was scheduled to close portions of Highway 40 this summer.