Portola is located approximately 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Reno and 55 miles (89 kilometers) from Lake Tahoe.
Portola has a small selection of tourist attractions, including the Portola Visitor's Center and the Western Pacific Railroad Museum.
Even though Northern Interior California is off the main tourist trail, there are still plenty of things to discover around. You'll also find Sierra City, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the northeast, and Quincy 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east.
About 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the southeast of Portola is Reno, an important regional center and the home of Great Basin Adventure, Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Nevada Museum of Art. Reno has much to offer travelers willing to stay for a day or two. Nevada Historical Society, Fun Quest and Sierra Sage Golf Course are some of the other sights not to miss.
The wider region offer some fun outdoor options for travelers with an affinity for watersports. Water skiing and swimming are just two of the popular pastimes here.
If you plan on traveling by plane, keep in mind that the closest major airport is Reno-Tahoe International Airport, 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the southeast of Portola.