Carson Valley, Nevada

Carson Valley, Nevada, is a world away from city life, a wild place where mustangs and raptors reign, a place where freedom is just another word for gliding silently through sapphire skies. The Old West lives on in Carson Valley, just 12 miles east of South Lake Tahoe; it lies at the base of the Sierra Nevada, just south of Carson City, named for the 19th-century frontiersman Kit Carson. It’s still a land ripe for discovery, boasting natural charms and historic sites, including Nevada’s oldest saloon and a resort with hot springs that opened 150 years ago.