Once a lumber source for the nearby mines, North Lake Tahoe evolved into a ski destination and Rat Pack playground. Today, the area lures visitors with crisp air, clear water, and big views.
- Built in 1936 by a playboy with a distaste for guests, Thunderbird Lodge just outside Nevada's Incline Village is fortified like a castle but looks more like a genteel Tudor home. Whereas much of the area's history has been replaced or renovated, the lodge preserves a thousand stories in its secret staircases and underground passages. Staffers lead tours from May through October.