What to do near Nevada City, CA?
June 15, 2010 3:32 PM Subscribe
I'm going to be in Nevada City, California for work next week, and I'm planning to add on an extra personal day or two to the trip. What town to stay in for the personal day to best enable fun activities, and what to do?
posted by soleiluna to travel & transportation around Nevada City, CA (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to be in Nevada City, CA for work on Thursday, June 24, and boyfriend is coming with me. My company is paying for my hotel in Grass Valley on Thursday night. Since we'll have a rental car for the weekend, we're planning to stay an extra night somewhere nearby in order to go hiking & other fun stuff.
My work commitment is complete at the end of the evening on Thursday. Our freetime for fun activities: Friday all day, Friday night, Saturday daytime. We'd drive back home to San Francisco on Saturday night, unless there's a really awesome/cheap reason to stay another night.
This part of California is far enough off my radar that I don't know what town/area would be best to 1) stay overnight on Friday night and 2) the best fun things to do on Friday and Saturday.
I imagine we'll want to spend much of the time hiking, but I really don't know what trails or areas would be best, or if there's other fun stuff we should be doing. Stuff we like to do when traveling: hiking, wine tasting, photography, local food related things (both restaurants and more experiential places like Harley Goat Farm), beer, arts/culture stuff. If it helps, the last few domestic trips I went on that were super awesome were: Eugene, OR (race + vegetarian food trucks/interesting food and beer + taking the Coast Starlight train home), and Monterey/Big Sur/South of Big Sur (hiking + Hearst Castle + wine tasting).
Looking at the map it seems that Lake Tahoe or Truckee are reasonably close. Would it be best to book Friday night's hotel around there and plan activities there? If so, what hikes/things do you recommend?
Or should we just stay put in Grass Valley on the second night for hotel purposes, and find fun outdoors stuff within driving distance? If so, what activities do you recommend?
Or is there somewhere else within an hour or two's drive where we should stay and spend Friday/Saturday fun time?
Although camping is nice, we probably don't have enough time to get it together (gear/planning-wise) before this trip.
Sorry for the vague travel-planning question, and thanks for the help...this all stemmed from the rental car + my co-worker commenting how pretty it is around there at this time of year.