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Baxter is a small community in the Sierra Nevada Foothills region, situated along Interstate 80 in northern California. It is approximately an hour north of Sacramento. This is gold rush country or "The Mother Lode" as it's sometimes called. What's unique about visiting this area is exploring all of the small mining towns in the region, places with colorful names like Red Dog, Dutch Flat, Midas and You Bet. The scenery surrounding Baxter is outstanding, with tall pines and forested mountains, crystal clear lakes and streams. The larger gold rush towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are just a short drive from Baxter and offer historical sites, shopping and dining opportunities. The entire town of Nevada City is listed as on the National Register of Historic Places. Another interesting attraction is the Empire Mine State Park near Grass Valley, where you can tour an actual gold mine and see what it was like for the miners of the late 1800s. A little further north up the mountain on Interstate 80 is beautiful Donner Lake and the Donner Memorial State Park, the site where the infamous Donner Party was stranded in the winter of 1846. The Park now features fishing and boating, camping, picnicking and other water sports. From Donner, it is an additional 35 miles to Reno, Nevada and approximately 20 miles to the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

Surrounding areas: Alta, California (1.7 mi), Nevada City, California (13.2 mi), Foresthill, California (13.5 mi), Grass Valley, California (14.9 mi), Georgetown, California (21.4 mi), Lake Wildwood, California (22.7 mi), Sierra City, California (25.6 mi)

Baxter Vacation Rentals

Baxter Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Northern Queen Inn400 Railroad AveNevada City, CA13.0 mi.(530) 265-5824
Holiday Lodge1221 E Main StGrass Valley, CA14.5 mi.(530) 273-4406
Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express Hotel121 Bank StGrass Valley, CA15.0 mi.(530) 477-1700
Coach N' Four Motel628 S Auburn StGrass Valley, CA15.1 mi.(530) 273-8009
Stage Coach Motel405 S AuburnGrass Valley, CA15.1 mi.(530) 272-3701
Best Western Golden Key Motel13450 Lincoln WayAuburn, CA24.7 mi.(530) 885-8611
Comfort Inn Central1875 Auburn Ravine RdAuburn, CA25.0 mi.(530) 885-1800
Holiday Inn Auburn120 Grass Valley HwyAuburn, CA26.7 mi.(530) 887-8787
Loch Leven Lodge13855 Donner Pass RdTruckee, CA29.3 mi.(530) 587-3773

Baxter 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 44°F 32°F 9.74 in. -
February 44°F 32°F 9.35 in. -
March 46°F 33°F 8.78 in. -
April 52°F 36°F 3.89 in. -
May 61°F 44°F 2.35 in. -
June 69°F 52°F 0.73 in. -
July 76°F 58°F 0.23 in. -
August 76°F 57°F 0.30 in. -
September 71°F 53°F 1.26 in. -
October 62°F 45°F 3.08 in. -
November 49°F 36°F 7.25 in. -
December 45°F 32°F 8.16 in. -

Baxter Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located about 47 miles southeast of Baxter in South Lake Tahoe, California, the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located approximately 50 miles southwest of Baxter in Sacramento, California, the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located roughly 53 miles southwest of Baxter in Sacramento, California, the Sacramento International airport (SMF) located around 56 miles southwest of Baxter in Sacramento, California, and finally the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located about 57 miles east of Baxter in Reno, Nevada.

Baxter Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA46.9 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV56.1 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA58.1 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV59.3 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA79.4 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworld USASacramentoCA58.1 mi.
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV59.3 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA108.6 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA108.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Alta Sierra Country ClubGrass ValleyCA14.9 mi.
Nevada County Country ClubGrass ValleyCA14.9 mi.
Black Oak Golf CourseAuburnCA23.1 mi.
Course at Raspberry HillAuburnCA26.9 mi.
DarkHorseAuburnCA26.9 mi.
DarkHorse Golf ClubAuburnCA26.9 mi.
Ridge Golf CourseAuburnCA26.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA23.9 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA23.9 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA31.4 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA33.0 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA33.0 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA34.4 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA34.5 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV43.3 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA44.9 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA47.2 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA51.9 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV56.1 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA65.3 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA80.5 mi.
State Parks
Gold Discovery Site State ParkCA29.1 mi. 
Donner Memorial State ParkCA29.8 mi. 
Burton Creek State ParkCA34.3 mi. 
Tahoe State ParkCA34.9 mi. 
Sugar Pine Point State ParkCA37.1 mi. 
Plumas Eureka State ParkCA38.0 mi. 
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA33.0 mi.(History)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA44.5 mi.(Technology)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV52.1 mi.(History)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV54.4 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV54.4 mi.(Technology)
W.M. Keck MuseumRenoNV56.1 mi.(History)
Nevada Historical SocietyRenoNV56.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fleischmann PlanetariumRenoNV56.1 mi.(Science)
National Automobile MuseumRenoNV56.1 mi.(Technology)
Nevada Museum of ArtRenoNV56.1 mi.(Art)
Crocker Art MuseumSacramentoCA58.1 mi.(Art)
Golden State MuseumSacramentoCA58.1 mi.(History)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV58.4 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA58.1 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA79.4 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA110.5 mi.

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