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Lake Tahoe, California

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#3 of 49 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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  • Enchanted, surprised, entranced by her beauty. North America's largest Alpine Lake. Surrounded by mountains, is bordered by a beautiful clean beach and equipped including BBQ. Is it really worth it for a spin, if I'm in the area I will definitely be back. I was there in early June.
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  • The lake is very pretty, specially in summer, beach is big enough! You can rent kayaks, boats and jet ski! The main road has everything, restaurants, shopping stores, bars,  more »
  • We visited in early december, which is the start of winter. The snow was not that thick yet, but it was enough for us to spend two days skiing at two separate resorts. The area has a good mix of outdo...  more »
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  • Lake Tahoe is amazing to look at and be in. Water is so clear. Great place for a family vacation, including dogs, especially during the summer. Peaceful. Relaxing. Toddlers can easily walk into the Lake and stand. Easy place to visit the Lake and find free parking is in Tahoe City, near the Safeway. From there, easy down hill walk, across parking lots, to get to the Lake.
  • Went and drove from San Francisco. It was nice and relaxing drive and a great place to visit. Maybe some camping areas and walking trails. Water was so clear. Please feel free to click on like. Thanks
  • Great lake! Nice view. Fresh air. Vacations are just amazing there. Its such a sweet town. And quite of fee things to do. Its a people place and if you don’t like crowded areas, you wont like it there. Nice areas to explore :) and a great place for a getaway.
  • Wonderful lake surrounded by mountains! Can only be awesome. I liked also the differences between the California part and the Nevada one (such as casinos/no casino, cigarettes laws and prices, ...) even though it's exactly the same place (when you look around). As well as the climate difference: it becomes dry pretty fast after the lake towards East.
  • Great lake! Nice view. Fresh air. Vacations are just amazing there. Its such a sweet town. And quite of fee things to do. Its a people place and if you don’t like crowded areas, you wont like it there. Nice areas to explore :) and a great place for a getaway.
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