What is important in a view differs from guest to guest. Your idea of a great view could be looking over the heart of a downtown cityscape. Perhaps you like to spend your time enjoying the view of a lake. Staying in the mountains? Choose a venue with views of the mighty Sierras and enhance your stay to the max. Check out these hotels listed below and find your own version of paradise.
Hyatt Regency
1209 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-1234

The Hyatt Regency has been a go to hotel for many reasons since it first opened its doors. The location in downtown Sacramento is perfect for all kinds of business and pleasure ventures. The best rooms with views are higher up in the hotel. Which room doesn’t make much of a difference. The views can be great in any direction. If you want to overlook the Capital, rooms facing L street will give you all of that and more. West facing rooms look towards Old Sacramento and the mighty Sacramento River. If you’d like to take in the cityscape in general, book your room facing any direction. The rooms are wonderful; the views superb. Your stay here will give you wonderful eye-fulls of Sacramento.

The Inn At Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
(530) 583-6300

To begin with, this place is far more than an “inn”. It’s a resort style hotel that happens to sit in an extraordinary place. Want a room with a view? Pick one. It’s that simple. You will be looking at Squaw Valley or the mountains that form the valley no matter where your room is. If you’d prefer to wake up and solely see the mountains, just let them know. In fact, it’s almost impossible to book a room here without waking up to a mountain view. Filled with amenities, staffed with the best, treat yourself to a very comfortable mountain stay for a few days. Be sure to bring your camera.

Delta King
1000 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-5464

The Delta Kind is a real paddle wheel river boat. Its also a real hotel, anchored at the docks in Old Sacramento. Its a boutique masterpiece. Your room comes with a beautiful view of the Sacramento River if you’d like. Perhaps your preference is to sit in your room and overlook the well preserved Old Sacramento landscape. Both are available. It is very difficult to find any other place around here that puts you in this wonderfully sited mooring. Enjoy your time on board and take in the beautiful views from the decks of this fine old river boat.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court
Truckee, CA  96161
(530) 562-3000

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, is a mountain masterpiece. On the up scale order, your choice is between rooms, suites, or residences. Rooms with a view is a redundant term here. The viewscape is mountainous to the max. The Village at Northstar is part of the scene. Your room will have views of the surrounding mountains, the village, and more wonderment in one spot than you ever thought possible. The time of year will dictate what kind of gear to bring, as the Sierra is a full-time recreational paradise. The rooms at The Ritz will show you that, and more.

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
18 U.S. 50
Stateline, NV 89449
(775) 588-2411

If you plan on a few days of R&R at Lake Tahoe, booking a room with a view should be part of it. Harvey’s is located on the lake side of Highway 50. Book your room here and let them know you want a lake view room. It won’t be too much of chore, as the lake view rooms are what this place is known for. Not only do you get to enjoy an astounding view of the lake, the view includes the mountains that surround Tahoe. Watch the lake and mountains wake up as the sun hits them in the morning. At the end of the day your smiles will continue as the sun sets and lights off the entire view with sunset colors; it’s a stunner.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.