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Lake Tahoe, California

4.7
#52 of 607 in Nature in California
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
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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4.7
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  • We took a nice drive on the East Side of Lake Tahoe. This is the Nevada side, We drove up Kingsbury Grade to get there and drove down Mt, Rose Highway. The lake was pretty, We also stopped for a.....  more »
  • I live in Sacramento, and against my better judgment I went up to Lake Tahoe about a month ago to escape the smoke from the fires. I have to say that it lived up to my expectations as a tourist...  more »
  • It is a beautiful lake in a beautiful setting, but you are unlikely to see much of it. You will spend most of your time stuck in traffic and searching for a parking space. If you do, by some lucky.....  more »
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  • Beautiful lake. It is cold so be prepared. Emerald bay is also a beautiful place to visit.
  • great graphics, too much water
  • watching sunset sitting on the lake is very relaxing
  • Beautiful area. Still chilly at night in Sept and still snow on the high mountain hikes
  • One of a kind, never have I been on a place like this, one visit is not enough

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Scenic Drive
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Beach
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Hidden gems in Tahoe City

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Historic Site
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Biking Trail
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Playground
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Zipline
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Sightseeing Tour
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Trails in Tahoe City

Biking Trail
Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Stateline Lookout
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Winter Sports in Tahoe City

Ski Area
Granlibakken Ski and Sled Area
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Trips to Lake Tahoe by other users

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