With perfect powder in the winter and warm weather through the summer months, Tahoe’s become the escape for Bay Area locals all year round. Though the drive through the valley isn’t known to be breathtaking, just four hours stand between you and the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. In the winter, throw a box of chains in the trunk and pack up for the icy roads and powder dusted slopes. Strap skies and boards to the roof and pickup some lift passes for Squaw Valley on Tahoe’s north shore, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, or Heavenly on the south shore, where you can ski from California to Nevada with unbeatable views of Lake Tahoe. In the summer, head to the south shore and rent a boat or a few kayaks for a trip to Emerald Bay—imagine Tahoe postcard-worthy views. For those looking for an adventure on land, Tahoe offers more biking and hiking trails than one could possibly accomplish. And, for the true adventurers looking to rough it, the local state parks offer campgrounds with exceptional views of the lake and rising mountaintops. At night, find a quiet spot—preferably out on a public dock on the lake—lie a blanket down and look up at the most magnificent stars you’ll ever see. It’s no wonder nobody ever wants to leave.