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Lake Tahoe, California

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#4 of 34 in Winter Sports in California
The long shoreline of Lake Tahoe offers a family-friendly resort atmosphere on its California side, and a vibrant nightlife of high-rise casinos on the Nevada side. One of the country’s deepest bodies of water (measuring 501 m [1,645 ft] at maximum depth), the lake is nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and offers a range of activities throughout the warmer months of the year, including swimming, boating, kayaking, windsurfing, hiking, and camping. Winter brings lots of snow, transforming the mountain slopes surrounding the lake into popular ski and snowboarding destinations. You can start your day backpacking through the wilderness around the lake and end your evening with a meal and a show at a casino hotel in nearby Reno. Plan to visit Lake Tahoe and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tahoe City attractions using our Tahoe City online trip builder .
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  • We were staying in Reno for a couple of nights this summer and Lake Tahoe is only an hour's drive away (lovely scenic drive up and over the mountains) so we decided to spend a morning there. It's $12 ...  more »
  • Lake views are stunning, you will see miles of beautiful blue lake and surrounding hills and forest. There are few hiking trails there. You may go for day hike or simple admire the beauty of Mother Na...  more »
  • For once I'm at a loss. How does anyone review paradise? Lake Tahoe is 12 by 22 miles, about 72 miles around, surrounded by majestic mountains with more ski lifts around the lake than in all of Colora...  more »
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  • North Lake Tahoe is a great place to stay overnight or take the family for a day trip. The water is much clearer than the south end, and there are lots more outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, swimming, etc. The North is also much greener and puts you closer to nature.
  • It was amazing the view was incredible!
  • Overrated overhyped

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