National Automobile Museum

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10 Lake St.

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Even if you don't consider yourself an automobile aficionado, you'll want to make a stop at this museum, according to recent visitors. Home to more than 200 vehicles ranging from horseless carriages to race cars to celebrity rides, the National Automobile Museum covers a lot of ground. Most of the vehicles on display are from Bill Harrah's personal estate (one of Nevada's casino gaming pioneers), which is why the museum is often referred to as the Harrah Collection. Some of the museum's most notable pieces include the Thomas Flyer (winner of the 1908 around-the-world race) and the 1949 Mercury Series 9CM driven by James Dean in the film, "Rebel Without a Cause."

Car enthusiasts who visited raved about the museum's carefully restored pieces and said they were pleasantly surprised by its range of exhibits and educational value. Many were also quick to comment that the museum appeals to more than just automobile junkies and highly recommended taking a break from the casino to peruse the informative and entertaining displays.

Sitting along the Truckee River in downtown Reno, the National Automobile Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $12 for adults; youths between the ages of 6 and 18 get in for $6. Plan to spend about two hours here, unless you're a car enthusiast — in which case the museum recommends you set aside an entire day to browse its impressive collection. For more information, check out the museum's website.

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Sitting only about 40 miles south of "The Biggest Little City" on the border of Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the country, boasting soaring mountains and crystal-clear waters. It's best known as a skiing destination, where visitors will find top-notch facilities like Squaw Valley (which hosted the 1960s Olympic Winter Games) and the massive Heavenly Ski Resort. But Lake Tahoe also makes for an excellent summer getaway thanks to its sprawling beaches, ample boating and fishing opportunities and well-maintained hiking trails.

For the best views (no matter the season), recent visitors recommend a stop at Emerald Bay State Park on the California side of the lake. According to one TripAdvisor user: "It was breathtaking! I now consider it my new favorite place … I got several great shots from Emerald Bay. Very picturesque!!"

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