Majestic mountain tops are reflected in the sparkling, mirrored surface of one of the clearest and most beautiful freshwater lakes on earth, spectacular Lake Tahoe. Located high in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and shared between the states of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe and the surrounding landscape have the distinction of being one of the most popular vacation destinations in the western United States. For centuries, men have been drawn to the extraordinary scenery of the largest alpine lake in North America, attracted by the natural beauty of the lodgepole pine and white fir forests, the soaring mountain tops and the splendid, fish-filled waters.
The Washoe Indians were first to use Lake Tahoe as their summer home, and by the mid-twentieth century, wealthy Americans began building mansions on the shores of the beautiful waters, designating this incredible area as one of the country's first and most popular resort destinations. Today the Tahoe Basin region welcomes visitors year round to come and enjoy the exhilarating thrills of skiing in winter-time and watersports in summer.
Snow at Lake Tahoe Creates a Winter Wonderland
Heavenly Mountain Resort is the largest and most well-known ski area in Nevada and California, where thousands of “snow bunnies” and winter sport enthusiasts come to enjoy the gorgeous slopes alongside Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Diamond Peak are other attractive ski resorts in this area, and there are also quite a few public ski areas and sled parks scattered throughout the area. Sledding is a fun, family activity here, and so is snow-tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobile riding and cross-country skiing.
Fun in the Sun During Summers at the Lake
Beginning in late spring and continuing through the summer until the early months of autumn, water sports are the most popular activities at Lake Tahoe. Boating is the highlight of Tahoe summer for the majority of vacationers, who enjoy sailing the spectacular lake waters surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views of the Sierra Nevadas. In August the Lake is home to one of the most famous wooden boat shoes in America, the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, and boating events are held all summer long. Visitors enjoy sailboat racing and guided cruises, as well as parasailing and jet-skiing. Canoeing and kayaking are popular, and stand-up paddle boards offer a new water adventure. Of course, those who prefer a more relaxing and sedentary experience enjoy the shoreline at Kings Beach and Tahoe City, and fishermen feel like they've found paradise casting for salmon and bass.
Must-See Attractions of Lake Tahoe
The view from Inspiration Point across Emerald Bay is a sight that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated, as is the view from Diamond Peak. The Heavenly Aerial Tram offers amazing scenic views, as does the Eagle Falls Hike, and more down-to-earth attractions include the Vikingsholm Castle, the Erhman Mansion, and the infamous Tahoe Tessie's Monster Museum. Keep your eyes open and you might even catch sight of the legendary “sea monster” yourself!
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