Travel Dream - Winter 2014/15 - page 19

The Lake Tahoe region is the perfect base for visitors looking for
outdoor adventure. A ski paradise in winter and a hiking and nature
lover's destination the rest of the year. The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is
the premier resort in the region and offers distinctive service, great
food and large rooms with wonderful views of the surrounding
mountains and valleys. Most of the rooms have their own fireplaces
and balconies. The nearby village of Northstar can be reached by
gondola and is packed with restaurants, bars and shopping.
The Ritz-Carlton
, Lake Tahoe
Legendary comforts on the northern lake shore
The Ahwahnee Lodge is in the heart of the
Yosemite National Park, in an area that was once
the village of the native Miwoks. In 1925, Gilbert
Stanley Underwood was selected as the architect
for this new luxury hotel. Due to its remote
location, the construction of The Ahwahnee was
the most complex trucking endeavour of its day.
More than 5,000 tons of stone, 1,000 tons of steel,
and 30,000 feet of timber were hauled over the
challenging mountain roads.
The hotel is renowned for its grand public areas
with large stone fireplaces, vast wooden beams,
rich tapestries and elegant stained glass. The views
of the Half Dome and the Yosemite Falls are
exceptional. The hotel features a fantastic solarium
with indoor fountain from which to view the
majestic Glacier Point.
The Ahwahnee
Yosemite National Park
Art Deco meets Native American
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Discovering Northern California
Driving times and distances
San Francisco to Carmel
Distance - 125 Miles
Driving Time - 2 hours
San Francisco to Napa Valley
Distance - 60 miles
Driving Time - 1 hour 5 minutes
San Francisco to North Lake Tahoe
Distance - 200 miles
Driving Time - 3 hours 20 minutes
(North Lake Tahoe to Reno International
Airport - 45 miles/minutes)
Lake Tahoe to Yosemite NP
Distance - 125 miles
Driving Time - 2 hours 30 minutes
Yosemite NP to San Francisco
Distance - 175 miles
Driving Time - 3 hours 30 minutes
The jewel in Northern California’s
natural crown is without doubt,
Yosemite National Park. Sights like
the daunting sheer face of El
Capitan, the grandeur of Glacier
Point and the 200 giant Sequoia
trees of Mariposa Grove testify to the
incredible pioneering work that saw
the protection of Yosemite Valley
(and over 747,956 acres of terrain)
during the presidency of Abraham
Lincoln in 1864, some 8 years before
the first official national park was
created at Yellowstone in Wyoming.
Northern
California
offers
a
wonderful combination of urban and
outdoor attractions to satisfy all the
family. Excellent roads and highways
connect many of the key areas,
making self-drive a worthwhile
option for a truly memorable holiday.
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