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You can’t spell Thanksgiving without the word “thanks”, and what better way to be thankful than to plan a family trip for the holiday weekend. If you’re looking for a few ideas to make your best Thanksgiving trip yet, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a quick rundown of three amazing Thanksgiving getaways in the High Sierra, based on what you enjoy doing.

Truckee – Skiin’ & Shoppin’

Truckee Hotel Historic Lodges In The High Sierra
Image appears courtesy: Truckee Chamber of Commerce

When it comes to a picturesque town that fits the perfect Thanksgiving holiday getaway, look no further than Truckee. You’ll find a wide range of vacation rentals, from historic hotels to mountain homes, as well as numerous activities and fall colors still lingering along hiking trails. Peruse the local shops and galleries on Main Street to pick up the perfect holiday gift for friends or family. You may even have the option of skiing, with Northstar California and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows announcing opening dates in just a few weeks!

Eastern Sierra – Peace n’ Quiet

South Tufa, Mono Lake, California
South Tufa, Mono Lake, California – Image appears courtesy: Visit Mono County

For those that need to get away from it all, the high-country east of the Sierra Nevada in Mono County is the perfect spot. During this time of year, it’s the beginning of what they call the “quiet season.” The main passes such as Tioga are closed for the winter so you pretty much have the entire region to yourself. Enjoy a scenic drive on Highway 395 & take in the otherworldly views of Mono Lake. Or, if you’re looking for even more relaxation, head over to Keough’s Hot Springs for a dip. The options of outdoor recreating are endless.

Bass Lake – Lake Livin’

Image appears courtesy: Visit Yosemite | Madera County

Although Bass Lake might be known for its summer lounging, Thanksgiving is also a great time to visit. You can enjoy the views of what many call “mini Lake Tahoe” but at a more relaxed pace. You may even a find a few special holiday gifts at the Holiday Bazaar & Pines Village the Friday after Thanksgiving. Fish, hike, bike, or camp in the area. Just be sure to bring layers for those cool evenings.

Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what we have, and this year, we’re thankful for these 3 great getaways in the High Sierra!

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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