Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the California-Nevada state line, Lake Tahoe has been a top tourist destination for decades. The lake is famed for its clear alpine water. This combined with the shoreline’s scenic surroundings attracts vacationers of all persuasions for an assortment of year-round activities.
Entertainments for Everyone
Tahoe has earned its place among American resorts for numerous reasons. Stunning scenery and easy access from Reno spurred a development boom, bringing all the traditional top-line resort amenities.
South Lake Tahoe is the largest of the lakeside communities. Here’s where many of the finest shops, restaurants and hotels are found. Options are plentiful and varied, whether you want a waterfront cabin, secluded mountain hideaway or relaxing lodge South Lake Tahoe CA near the heart of the action.
A Sporting Spot
The contrast of water and high mountains offers opportunities to participate in various sports all year long. In winter, skiers from all over the world hit Tahoe’s slopes to see the panoramic mountain views. Popular resorts include Squaw Valley on the north shore, which hosted the 1960 Olympics, and Heavenly Mountain on the south shore.
The lake itself is used extensively for boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and jet skiing. Additionally, cycling, biking and hiking trails exist for enthusiasts to enjoy Tahoe’s wondrous environment. Much of the land around Lake Tahoe is either national forest land or state parks, including Emerald Bay, site of the historic Scandinavian-style castle Vikingsholm.
Lax laws on the Nevada side of the lake make Tahoe a gaming mecca. Casinos can be found in Stateline (the Nevada section of South Lake Tahoe) or in Crystal Bay and Incline Village on the lake’s north shore. The oldest and most famous is Crystal Bay’s Cal-Neva, where one-time owner Frank Sinatra hosted his celebrity friends in the 1960s. Famous brands such as Harrah’s and the Hard Rock have casinos on Tahoe’s south shore.
Despite Tahoe’s tourist traffic, federal, state, and local organizations have managed to preserve its natural beauty. Take a trip to Tahoe for your next vacation.