Fish Camp (7.2mi/11.6km; 14min). Relax in Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge and eat in one of five Lodge restaurants. In winter, Badger Pass offers uncrowded skiing on slopes catering to beginners and intermediates. INFO Yosemitepark.com
Mammoth Lakes (131mi/210km; 3hr 7min). Mammoth Mountain has hiking and 70 miles of mountain bike trails. Stop by the visitor center for great info on places to enjoy shopping, restaurants and nightlife in The Village at Mammoth. INFO 888/466-2666 visitmammoth.com
June Lake (24.1mi/38.8km; 39min). Fish for trout in any of the four lakes on the June Lake Loop; marinas rent kayaks and canoes. Homestyle breakfast and burgers at the Silver Lake Café. INFO at monocounty.org
Lee Vining (15.3mi/24.6km; 26min). Learn about Mono Lake at the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center. Canoe past migratory birds and salt-white tufa towers on a guided trip with the Mono Lake Committee.
Markleeville (91.7mi/148km; 1hr 53min). Take a hot pool dip at Grover Hot Springs State Park; amenities are basic, but the soothing soak is a favorite for summer hikers and winter skiers.
Northstar-at-Tahoe (18.7mi/30.1km; 33min). The Village at Northstar-at-Tahoe has shopping and restaurants. Take on challenging jumps and single-track trails at the Mountain Bike Park, then relax at the Ritz Carlton Spa. Winter brings skiers and boarders, including Olympian Sean White. INFO visitcwc.com/Truckee
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