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Lake Tahoe

3066 Lake Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150 USA

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“you haven't had a summer until you've summered at Lake Tahoe”

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it is located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the second-deepest in the United States (the deepest is Crater Lake in Oregon, being 300 ft (91 m) deeper, at 1,945 ft (593 m)). Additionally, Lake Tahoe is listed as the 26th largest lake by volume in the world at 122,160,280 acre·ft. Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both Nevada and California. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area's economy and reputation. Mountain and lake scenery are attractions throughout the year. The Nevada side also includes large casinos. Highways provide year-round access from Reno, Carson City, and Sacramento. During late Spring to early Fall, the lake is popular for water sports and beach activities. The two cities most identified with the Lake Tahoe tourist area are South Lake Tahoe, California and the smaller Stateline; smaller centers on the northern shoreline include Tahoe City and Kings Beach. Other popular activities include parasailing, jet ski rentals and eco-friendly paddle sport rentals. There are rental locations located around Lake Tahoe. Kayaking and stand up paddle boards have also become very popular. Boating is a primary activity in Tahoe in the summer. The lake is home to one of the most prestigious wooden boat shows in the country, the Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, held every August. There are lake front restaurants all over the lake, most equipped with docks and buoys (See the restaurants section). There are all sorts of boating events, such as sailboat racing, firework shows over the lake, guided cruises, and more. As an interstate waterway, Lake Tahoe is subject to the United States Coast Guard. Lake Tahoe is home to Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe. SCUBA diving is popular at Lake Tahoe, with some dive sites offering dramatic drop-offs or wall dives. Diving at Lake Tahoe is considered advanced due to the increased risk of decompression sickness (DCS) while diving at such a high altitude. There are hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails all around the lake. They range in length, difficulty and popularity. One of the most famous of Tahoe's trails is the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile (270-km) trail that circumnavigates the lake. Directly to the west of the lake is the Granite Chief Wilderness, which provides great hiking and wilderness camping. Also, to the southwest is the very popular Desolation Wilderness. One of the most popular trailheads is the Eagle Lake Trailhead. The Flume Trail is one of Mountain Biking Magazine's Top 10 Trails in the US. There are also several paved off-road bicycle paths.

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Reviewed by
Dakota

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November 13, 2015

In winter people travel here from around the world for world class ski and in the summer, it's the clear blue and emerald waters that people call paradise. There's also plenty to do off season in the fall, such as hiking! You'll need your sweater but it's a great way to get exercise, enjoy the beautiful terrain and not pay peak season prices.

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Greek_nomad

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September 25, 2014
Rated 4.0

Nature lovers and photographers...prepare your equipment and visit Lake Tahoe.

Fairly people call it "the eyes paradise"...because it is truly a paradise!!! Personally, I took some fantastic pictures of the landscape while my kids did some rafting.

We truly enjoyed being there and we will re visit this lake..it is one of the most beautiful around..

1 person found this review helpful

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Chini Tiongco

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August 19, 2014
Rated 3.0

This place is a must see. The views are breathtaking! There are also lots of activities to enjoy. The rafting was awesome. My favorite part was watching the sunset here at Lake Tahoe.

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Lake Tahoe

3066 Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, California
96150 USA

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