Lake Tahoe has many superlatives based on its natural formation alone, such as the United State’s second-deepest lake and one of its highest-elevation lakes (6,255 feet high). But that’s not all there is to Lake Tahoe either!
Lake Tahoe is a year-round vacation destination for individuals, groups and families who want the adrenaline rush of snow sports in winter and the laid back feel of water activities in summer. Its shimmering surface of the deepest blues and brightest emeralds is the venue for a wide range of activities including swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, boating, and stand-up paddle boarding – or just plain basking in the warmth of the sun – during the summer months.
In winter, the horned peaks around Lake Tahoe become the site for people enjoying snow sports including skiing, sledding and snowboarding. Even the kids love the opportunity to learn new skills, build snowmen, and enjoy snow fights followed by warm nights sitting near the fireplace while sipping cups of hot cocoa. Don’t forget to take a money pouch to keep your cash and credit cards safe and secure.
And because the snow lasts until spring, everybody can have their fill of the snow before jumping back into the joys of summer. Hiking, wilderness backpacking, and camping, perhaps even glamping (i.e., glamorous camping) then take over.
Of course, vacationing in Lake Tahoe will not be complete without a scenic drive – and what a drive it is! The 72-mile scenic shoreline makes for fascinating views of the contrasts between the four shores of Lake Tahoe.
The north shore has a peaceful and quiet, even upscale vibe that appeals to older generations. The west shore has a rugged, almost old-fashioned vibe to it that attracts the adventurous bunch. The east shore has yet to be developed, although the potential is there for all to see. The south shore is the busiest part with its flashy casinos that prepare tourists for the glitzier environment of Reno, the biggest little city on this side of North America.
While there are many places and activities to enjoy on a Lake Tahoe vacation, the following are musts because these evoke its fun vibe:
• Heavenly Mountain Resort
• Zephyr Cove
• Incline Village
• Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
• Squaw Valley
Start planning your Lake Tahoe vacation now!