"When you’re tired of hiking but still want great mountain scenery, drive south of Lake Tahoe on Highway 88 to the Kirkwood Inn [209-258-7304] in Kirkwood, Nevada. The drive goes through a mountain pass and beside alpine lakes. It’s spectacular. And the roadhouse fills up with friendly Bay Area bikers who love that road."

Our thanks to Dave Bartusek, President, Prairie Home Builders; 58,135 AAdvantage miles.

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