While most people think of Nevada as nothing but roasting-hot desert, the Western portion of the state near the Sierra Nevada Mountains gets quite wintery. The city of Genoa in the Carson Valley, east of Lake Tahoe, is the perfect place to get your winter kicks. The oldest town in Nevada, Genoa still has a rustic Western charm that makes it a must-see small town. Take a hike on the Genoa Trail System and then grab a drink at the state's "Oldest Thirst Parlor," also known as a bar, at the local saloon. Genoa also isn't far from the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, where you can spend the day skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more before retiring back to Genoa.