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Lake Tahoe (California)

Lake of the Sky

Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil. Plan your vacation with our United States vacation route planner and discover the best things to do in Lake Tahoe (California).
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Where to stay in Lake Tahoe (California)

As the biggest city on the lake, South Lake Tahoe provides the majority of the area's nightlife, entertainment, and stores. As such, it supports a vast number of hotels and motels. Tahoe City is the lake's second most popular city among tourists, but is considerably quieter. It is a good choice for those who want to avoid the crowds of South Lake Tahoe while enjoying access to lots of amenities. Those interested in a truly tranquil stay should consider renting a cabin in one of the small towns that surround the lake. These accommodations, as well as campgrounds along the shoreline, provide an escape from the tourist vibe of the city. However, keep in mind that staying at these places will increase your drive time to major attractions.
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