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About Sierra City

For those familiar with the famous Pacific Crest Trail, Sierra City is a refreshing stop for weary hikers. It’s also a great place to visit even if you’re not trekking up and down the west coast, as it boasts biking trails, fresh mountain air, and that small-town feel you’ll love on your vacation. Bordered by the North Yuba River on one end and the 4,000-foot Sierra Butte Mountains, this town is situated completely within the Tahoe National Forest. Outdoor enthusiasts rejoice, Sierra City has everything you’re looking for in a vacation.

Things to do in Sierra City

Lakes Basin is perhaps the most popular attraction in Sierra City. This breathtaking cluster of lakes is connected by foot trails that wind through fields of flowers and plant life. Around each corner, you’re bound to come across a new lake, as there over 20 lakes that make up Lakes Basin. The hiking trails in this region provide easy access to discovering the different lakes, and the area offers visitors biking, fishing, boating, and camping options. Visitors to Lakes Basin can also partake in horseback riding, swimming windsurfing, and hunting in designated areas. The Sierra Buttes provide a gorgeous backdrop to many of the lakes and recreation areas, so bring your camera and enjoy a day outdoors.

Although the lakes are must-sees, the North Yuba River is the place to go on a hot summer day. The river is known for having plenty of swimming holes, so stroll along it long enough and you’re bound to come across clear pools at the foot of rock boulders that make for perfect natural diving boards. The water is icy cold, and the swimming hole near Butte Resort is a local favorite for hanging out during the warmer months.

Hiking through the Sierra Buttes is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. These huge, craggy mountains provide ample hiking trails of varying difficulty. Start your day with a 5-mile round trip hike to the fire tower. The steep, 178 steps up to the fire tower mark the end of this out and back hike, but once you’re up there the view from the top is one of the best in the Sierra Buttes. There are plenty of other hikes, some more difficult than others, so grab a map before choosing which hikes you want to conquer during your vacation.

Day Trips from Sierra City

If all the nature and wilderness has you craving some human interaction, take the hour and a half drive to Reno, Nevada. The self-described “Biggest Little City in the World” is home to many casinos where you can press your luck and gamble through the night. The National Automobile Museum is also housed in Reno, and you’ll find 200+ classic cars on display here. Catch a football game at the University of Nevada, Reno or check out the Wilbur D. May Center’s botanical gardens and arboretum. If you’re lucky enough to be in Reno during September, be sure to attend the Great Reno Balloon Race where over 120,000 spectators watch more than 100 hot air balloons fill the sky and race each other to Truckee Meadows. It is the largest event of its kind, so don’t miss out! Before heading back to Sierra City, be sure to check out the Riverwalk and Arts District downtown where plenty of restaurants, bars, and live entertainment await. You’ll find art galleries offering workshops, coffee bars with paint nights, and the Nevada Museum of Art, among other attractions.

Sierra City Accommodations

Start planning your vacation with where you can find the perfect vacation rental for your needs. Stay in a historic cabin built in the 1800s, or a riverfront home in the Sierra Buttes. Choose a rental within walking distance to the North Yuba River if you plan on making use of its swimming holes on those hot days. Whatever your main reason for visiting Sierra City, start your vacation rental search at

Transportation in Sierra City

Getting to Sierra City can be done a number of ways. If coming in from out of state, fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport and rent a car to drive the 1.5-hour drive to Sierra City. Or, fly into Sacramento International Airport and drive just over 2 hours to reach Sierra City. From in-state, Sierra City is located right on Highway 49 just 15 miles from Downieville.

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Vacation Rentals in Sierra City

Looking for the perfect vacation rental for your Sierra City getaway?’s got you covered. Whether you’re seeking a vacation home, cabin rental or cottage, Sierra City offers 395 affordable vacation home rentals to choose from, with far more amenities, space and comforts than the average hotel room. Select from 333 properties with high-speed WiFi Internet, 25 full with jacuzzi and pool, and homes complete with outdoor patio, great for entertaining with guests. Whatever your needs, find the perfect home rental that best matches your accommodation style and budget.

For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of $25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Sierra City has 395 gorgeous homes with 129 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with

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