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Alta is a small community located off Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada foothills region of northern California. This is a pristine area of fresh air, tall pines, fabulous mountain views, crystal clear lakes and rivers. Alta is very close to the gold mining towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City, and is approximately an hour south of Lake Tahoe and one hour north of Sacramento. This is a wonderful area to get out and drive and explore the many small gold rush towns of the northern foothills, little villages with interesting names like Dutch Flat, Towle, You Bet and Red Dog. Rent a country cottage next to the Tahoe National Forest and spend your time fishing and boating, rafting or kayaking in the nearby American, Truckee or Yuba Rivers. Alta is just a short thirty minute drive to major ski resorts like Sugar Bowl and Boreal Ridge for downhill and cross country skiing, sledding, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Other activities in the nearby area include hiking, biking, rock climbing, horseback riding and golf. The nearby town of Grass Valley is filled with shopping and dining opportunities, and the entire town of Nevada City is on the National Register of Historic Places. For relaxation and privacy, Alta can't be beat. It's near enough to the casinos and other entertainment of the Lake Tahoe to easily visit, yet far enough away for seclusion.

Surrounding areas: Baxter, California (1.7 mi), Nevada City, California (11.8 mi), Foresthill, California (12.9 mi), Grass Valley, California (13.3 mi), Georgetown, California (20.8 mi), Lake Wildwood, California (21.1 mi), Auburn, California (25.6 mi)

Alta Vacation Rentals

Alta Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Northern Queen Inn400 Railroad AveNevada City, CA11.6 mi.(530) 265-5824
Holiday Lodge1221 E Main StGrass Valley, CA12.9 mi.(530) 273-4406
Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express Hotel121 Bank StGrass Valley, CA13.4 mi.(530) 477-1700
Coach N' Four Motel628 S Auburn StGrass Valley, CA13.5 mi.(530) 273-8009
Stage Coach Motel405 S AuburnGrass Valley, CA13.5 mi.(530) 272-3701
Best Western Golden Key Motel13450 Lincoln WayAuburn, CA23.4 mi.(530) 885-8611
Comfort Inn Central1875 Auburn Ravine RdAuburn, CA23.7 mi.(530) 885-1800
Holiday Inn Auburn120 Grass Valley HwyAuburn, CA25.4 mi.(530) 887-8787

Alta Weather & Climate

The Gold Rush Country in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California enjoys four seasons. Although not as pronounced as the seasons in the eastern U.S., they are distinct. Summers are warm and dry, with pleasant temperatures and not the extreme heat of the lower valley regions. Autumn has mild days and crisp, cool nights and the leaves take on the hues of gold, yellow and purple. Winters are mild during the day with cold temperatures at night. Occasionally snow falls at these elevations, but rarely sticks for more than a few hours. Cool rainy days are the normal winter weather pattern, with the rainy season running November through March. Spring is delightful as the days lengthen and wildflowers spread over the hills.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 49°F 32°F 9.74 in. -
February 50°F 32°F 9.35 in. -
March 53°F 33°F 8.78 in. -
April 59°F 37°F 3.89 in. -
May 67°F 44°F 2.35 in. -
June 76°F 50°F 0.73 in. -
July 83°F 57°F 0.23 in. -
August 84°F 57°F 0.30 in. -
September 78°F 53°F 1.26 in. -
October 67°F 45°F 3.08 in. -
November 54°F 36°F 7.25 in. -
December 50°F 32°F 8.16 in. -

Alta Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located about 48 miles southwest of Alta in Sacramento, California, the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located approximately 48 miles southeast of Alta in South Lake Tahoe, California, the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located roughly 52 miles southwest of Alta in Sacramento, California, the Sacramento International airport (SMF) located around 54 miles southwest of Alta in Sacramento, California, and finally the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located about 59 miles east of Alta in Reno, Nevada.

Alta Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA48.2 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA56.7 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV57.8 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV60.9 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA78.4 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworld USASacramentoCA56.7 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV60.9 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA107.5 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA108.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Alta Sierra Country ClubGrass ValleyCA13.3 mi.
Nevada County Country ClubGrass ValleyCA13.3 mi.
Black Oak Golf CourseAuburnCA21.7 mi.
Course at Raspberry HillAuburnCA25.6 mi.
DarkHorseAuburnCA25.6 mi.
DarkHorse Golf ClubAuburnCA25.6 mi.
Ridge Golf CourseAuburnCA25.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA25.6 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA25.6 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA33.0 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA34.6 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA34.6 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA35.9 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA36.1 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV45.0 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA45.9 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA48.5 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA52.8 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV57.8 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA66.0 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA81.2 mi.
State Parks
Gold Discovery Site State ParkCA28.4 mi. 
Donner Memorial State ParkCA31.5 mi. 
Burton Creek State ParkCA35.9 mi. 
Tahoe State ParkCA36.5 mi. 
Sugar Pine Point State ParkCA38.5 mi. 
Plumas Eureka State ParkCA38.7 mi. 
Mormon Island Wetlands State ParkCA39.2 mi. 
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA34.6 mi.(History)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA45.5 mi.(Technology)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV53.5 mi.(History)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV56.0 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV56.0 mi.(Technology)
Crocker Art MuseumSacramentoCA56.7 mi.(Art)
Golden State MuseumSacramentoCA56.7 mi.(History)
W.M. Keck MuseumRenoNV57.8 mi.(History)
Nevada Historical SocietyRenoNV57.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fleischmann PlanetariumRenoNV57.8 mi.(Science)
National Automobile MuseumRenoNV57.8 mi.(Technology)
Nevada Museum of ArtRenoNV57.8 mi.(Art)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV59.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA56.7 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA78.4 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA109.0 mi.

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