Lake Tahoe: blue, as a topaz, and surrounded by majestic peaks. This High Sierra gem that stretches along the California-Nevada border is a must see. Nowhere else you can inhale air “so pure and clean… it’s the same air that angels breathe,” as Mark Twain said.
Take a look around, especially from the spectacular viewpoints, like the one above Emerald Bay State Park. And it’s easy to see, why Twain was so entranced.
The cities around the lake are scattered over the coast, each with its own charm.
Snow in winter and spring allows you to enjoy first class mountain resorts. In summer, there are a lot of different water attractions. In autumn, the hills are covered with golden leaves of the poplars. But, no matter what season of the year, this is the kind of place that makes you start planning to return there, while you haven’t even left yet.
Lake Tahoe Winter Time, Image source theatlantic
• Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of the United States. It is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 501 m. It is the second deepest lake in the United States.
• The lake was formed about 2 million years ago. It is a part of the Lake Tahoe Basin with the lake that forms modern Ice Age. The lake is known for the clarity of its waters and the panorama of the mountains that surround it everywhere
• Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in California and Nevada.
• Part of the urban area surrounding Lake Tahoe is in the Nevada state. That means that the stakes are legal. So, just minutes from the lake beaches, there are several casinos, where the tourists can play roulette, Black Jack or take a chance on the famous slot machines.
Lake Tahoe Winter Time
Lake Tahoe is awarded as one of the best mountain resorts in the country, where the little ones who practice skiing and snowboarding get to win gold medals. It offers you different resorts, so you can choose a unique pack for your level and priorities.
• The Squaw Valley, on the north coast, is the home of the 1960’s Winter Olympics Games. It has tracks of extreme difficulty. So, if you are a beginner, better choose another place.
• Further to the north, around the lake, there is Northstar California. It is an amazing place for the whole family, known for its wonderful parks, suitable for all training levels.
• Heavenly – another resort located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. It is one of the largest ski resorts in the world that offers breathtaking views from tracks and wide and smooth freeways. Heavenly also has some attractions to offer to those who do not ski or snowboard. Inflatable tracks, beautiful cable car rides and a festive atmosphere in the mountains and outside.
• Alpine, Squaw’s sister mountain is a favorite, especially on the perfect skiing days.
• Kirkwood, located on the south of the lake, is another local secret, as it has remarkable slopes and field lessons.
Lake Tahoe Summer Time View
Lake Tahoe Summer Time
Everyone, from beach lovers to adrenaline junkies on mountain trails, adores Tahoe in the summer.
Finding something to do is as complicated as taking a single step.
• The 265 km Tahoe Rim Trail encircles the lake in an impressive circular path (when you reach the summit you are at 2,743 meters). Most of the people like walking or riding a bike through parts of the trail.
• The resorts offer summer mountain activities. Try mountain biking in Northstar California, zip-lining and rope-rope activities in Heavenly or relax in a beautiful pool at High Camp at a height of 2,499 meters in the Valley Squaw.
• Enjoy the beautiful lake with a kayak. Tahoe City Kayak & Paddleboard on the North Shore of-fers guided tours and the possibility of renting equipment.
• Or try standing on a paddle surfboard (SUP). South Tahoe Standup Paddle’s Rise & Shine morn-ing tour takes people of all levels to places with calm water.
• Guided tours on sailboats or powerboats are another wonderful way to enjoy the lake, especially during sunset.
• Or maybe you just want to lay under the sun for a little bit on the lively Kings Beach on the north shore or D. L. Bliss State Park on the west coast.
In the water or on land, Tahoe is a paradise for lovers of outdoor activities.