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Lake Tahoe, CA

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Emerald Bay

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Lake Tahoe, CA

Mountain Trail at Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe, CA

Skiing in Mountains of Lake Tahoe

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Whether you swim, fish, sail, or simply rest on its shores, you’ll be wowed by the overwhelming beauty of Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. Famous for its cobalt-blue water and surrounding snowcapped peaks, Lake Tahoe straddles the state line between California and Nevada. The border gives this popular Sierra Nevada resort region a split personality. About half its visitors are intent on low-key sightseeing, hiking, camping, and boating. The rest head directly to the Nevada side, where bargain dining, big-name entertainment, and the lure of a jackpot draw them into the glittering casinos.To explore the lake area and get a feel for its many differing communities drive the 72-mile road that follows the shore through wooded flatlands and past beaches, climbing to vistas on the rugged southwest side of the lake and passing through busy commercial developments and casinos on its northeastern and southeastern edges. Another option is to actually go out on the 22-mile-long, 12-mile-wide lake on a sightseeing cruise or kayaking trip.The lake, the communities around it, the state parks, national forests, and protected tracts of wilderness are the region's main draws, but other nearby destinations are gaining in popularity. Truckee, with an Old West feel and innovative restaurants, entices visitors looking for a relaxed pace and easy access to Tahoe's north shore and Olympic Valley ski parks. And today Reno, once known only for its casinos, attracts tourists with its buzzing arts scene, revitalized downtown riverfront, and campus events at the University of Nevada.

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Cruise the Lake
Cruise the Lake

Several companies offer group tours, either by paddle wheeler or yacht. Set your sights on Emerald Bay, where the water is most vibrant at sunset.

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Get a Heavenly Lift
Get a Heavenly Lift

In any season, the view during the 2.4-mile Heavenly Mountain gondola ride is thrilling. Bring a camera to capture panoramic views at the top.

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Hit the Tahoe Rim Trail
Hit the Tahoe Rim Trail

This 165-mile trail loops around the lake and passes up and over peaks in the Sierra Nevada and Carson ranges. Shuttle from Tahoe City for a day hike.

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Tour Vikingsholm
Tour Vikingsholm

This 1920s mansion, built by a woman from Illinois as a summer home, incorporates 11th-century Scandinavian building style. A sod roof covers the 38-room structure.

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Pop Over to Pope Beach
Pop Over to Pope Beach

Can’t decide between a walk in the woods or a day at the beach? Stop by this quiet, sandy beach, nestled among pines, with trail access.

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10 Ski Trip Activities for Non-Skiers

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