Laura Read

Contributing Writer, Via

Laura Read is a writer and photographer in North Lake Tahoe. She's writing a book about three families that own 100-year-old farms in the western Sierra Nevada. She loves to ski, hike, kayak, and eat good food.

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Her work has been published in Travel + Leisure, Sierra Magazine, Sunset, National Geographic Geotourism, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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woman stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe, picture

Lake Tahoe Summer Fun Activities

Warm weather activities on, above, and along the water.
fall landscape at denali national park

A Weekend in Denali National Park

Six million acres of stunning wilderness await in Alaska's Denali National Park.
Mountain retreats in Whistler, British Columbia, blanketed in snow.

Best Mountain Towns for Winter

These four mountain towns deliver the best of winter.
Rodeo Beach in Marin Headlands, California, picture

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Top Sights

Visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for a glimpse of California's mystical outdoors.
A skier rides down the mountain with views of Lake Tahoe in the background, image

5 Things to Love in Tahoe City, California

Tahoe City culture thrives with festivals, live performances, cinema, and down-to-earth dining.
Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines in Crystal Peak Park, Verdi, Nevada

Spring in the Sierra: Crystal Peak Park

Crystal Peak Park comes alive as temperatures rise.
guard tower at Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona, picture

5 Things We Love About Yuma, AZ

Go ahead, take the 3:10. You'll find unexpected beauty and wonder in this tough town.
picture of emerald bay state park in winter

Lake Tahoe Winter Activities That Aren't Skiing

Winter in Tahoe doesn't require skis or snowboards.
Group of people walking along a trail at the Nature Conservancy’s River Fork Ranch preserve in Nevada, photo

4 Summer Day Trips from Lake Tahoe

Here are four reasons to take a break from the lake for a day of water play elsewhere.
band performs at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, picture

Cowboy Culture at Nevada’s Western Folklife Center

The Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, celebrates the songs and stories of the American West.
Canoeing family on Wood River, near Klamath Lake, Oregon, image

Winnemucca to the Sea Highway Road Trip

Find Basque eats, big wildlife, and tall trees on a dream highway from Nevada to the coast.
the Fireside pizza with Italian sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers and mushrooms at Fireside Pizza Company in Lake Tahoe, picture

7 Top North Lake Tahoe Restaurants

Check out our favorite North Lake Tahoe eateries to fill you up after a long day on the slopes.
the Grace Dodge Chapel Auditorium, image

8 Arts and Crafts Buildings

Craftsmanship is the focus, from a Julia Morgan auditorium to an 18-room home.
two steam train engines at the East Ely train depot at night, image

Ely, Nevada: A Glimpse into the Past

Ride a steam train, tuck into an ice cream soda, and tour underground wonders in remote Ely, Nevada.