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  • Lake TahoePro 2014
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    Winter
    North Lake Tahoe - stay at Truckee, hang out at historic Truckee town (cute restaurants) and hit the slopes. For familles, I suggest North Star for an all round experience. (ice rink, fire pits, great service) For families with young toddlers who want to get a taste of skiing, try Squaw for a couple of hours (see my review of Squaw)

    Summer
    South Lake Tahoe - If you're lucky, you get a campsite near Emerald bay. Spend your time here hiking or biking. You'll experience the most gorgeous views.

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    Stunningly beautiful. Pictures and words cannot describe the beauty of this area! Ski resorts, camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking and outdoor adventures abound the Tahoe area.

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  • Lake TahoePro 2014

    Whether you go to the North Shore or South Shore, Lake Tahoe has something for everybody all year round. Skiing or snowmobiling in the winter, boating and hiking in the summer. Lake Tahoe is a gorgeous setting for all things outdoors, and there are plenty of ways to be entertained indoors as well with all of the casinos and restaurants.

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  • Lake Tahoe

    You must backpack up to Falling Leaf Lake just above Emerald Bay. There are 3 small lakes that flow into Emerald Bay. The hike will take most of your day if you go to the top of the mountain where you will find the last lake full of trout and cristal clear water.
    For the sightseeing travelers take a 4 hour dinner sunset cruise on the Tahoe Queen an authentic riverboat serving dinner and entertainment on your tour of the lake and Emerald Bay sailing by the old historical castle built in the 1920's and a tea house build on a rock in the middle of the bay.
    For the sports minded try the LakeView Golf course next to the Lakeview Restaurant were you can have a steak and lobster dinner for only 17.00 of course after you have finished your 9 hole. Don't forget boating, para sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, snow skiing, pro fishing tours and much more.
    Night life is great. You have 3 casino's to chose from all of them have night clubs and sport betting along with your normal slot and table games.
    For food try the Harrah's buffet on the 18th floor especially on friday night where you can eat all the shrimp, crab and steak you can Hold. But if you are with a special guest you may not want to look like a pig, instead try Friday Station which is also on the 18th floor with a panoramic view of the lake and mountains and for sure a great place to impress your date.
    For daytime foods try Heidi's on South Lake Tahoe Blvd. lots of food and priced right. Lunch try Bid Daddys Burgers, Sprouts, Chev's for casual dining all located on South Lake Tahoe Blvd. There are many restaurants to many to name them all.
    Last but not least try our high mountain mall for your special vacation shopping and include a ride on the gondola to the top of the mountain for some great photos.

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    Vikingsholm Castle, the 48 room summer home of Lora Josephine Knight, sits at the bottom of a steep, mile long switchback driveway dropping 500 feet to the shore of Lake Tahoe. Born into money, at sixty, and without a husband, she built a castle in the sky. A socialite and business woman, owning portions of many large companies the least of which was the Union Pacific Railroad, Knight modeled Vikingsholm after Scandinavian manors because Emerald Bay, where Knight purchased 239 acres in 1928, including Fannette Island that sits in the middle of the bay, reminded her of the fjords she had seen while visiting Norway and Sweden. Although the island, a protected nesting ground for Canadian geese and the only island on the Lake, now houses her granite tea house, it was once home to an eclectic Englishman who had built a chapel there into which, as fate would have it, he would never be interred as he perished at sea

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  • Lake Tahoe

    Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful lakes in the West! There are numerous towns, each with a different vibe around the lake that are all worth a visit. South Lake Tahoe has restaurants and nightlife, the west shore is quiet and relaxing and the north shore is family oriented. All share access to an array of outdoor activities all four season of the year!

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  • Lake Tahoe

    There is nothing quite like the blue of Lake Tahoe. It is breathtaking, mesmerizing. It is one of the most beautiful treasures of the Sierras.

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  • Lake Tahoe

    Pope Beach is a 20 minute bike ride from the house, Camp Richardson is a 25 minute bike ride. Try a legendary Rum-runner while your there.

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  • Lake TahoeAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Lake Tahoe is gorgeous any season of the year. However, I love the views of the snow-covered mountaintops and there are so many different resorts to visit. Great for families, couples, and friend-trips alike. Hot-tubbing in the snow is a must! Take a lesson on the slopes, or enjoy the views and other outdoor activities this area has to offer.

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    Starting Point: Tahoe City, CA

    The Route: 72-mile loop on Highways 28, 50, and 89

    What to Expect: Circling the country’s highest alpine lake (and second deepest at 1,644 feet), the windy road hugs sapphire blue water that reflects the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains and pine forests, as well as the sun, which shines an estimated 300-plus days per year on miles of pebbly beaches, hiking trails, and state parks like Sand Harbor (perfect for a brisk dip).

    Where to Stop: Emerald Bay Lookout with views of Fannette Island, the only one on the lake; hoof it one mile each way to Vikingsholm Castle, built in 1929 at the head of Emerald Bay as a private summer residence. In the summer, Sand Harbor hosts a Shakespeare Festival.

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  • Lake Tahoe

    Tahoe is an amazing year-round destination. In the winter/spring, the skiing and snowboarding is world class; in the spring/summer/fall, hiking is popular and the beaches are beautiful spots (the water can be pretty cold though!). And the gambling scene--well, that's good (or bad, depending on your luck) anytime.

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  • Lake Tahoe

    Ski, Snowboard, Golf, Mountain bike, boat, golf, horse riding, hike, rock climb, water ski, casino, Shakespeare at the Lake, nightlife, bowling, skateboard park, beach, snowmobile, road bike, stargaze, kayak, peace and relaxation, sea plane, glider rides, local airports, and great restaurants.

    Even if you live in this world-class, stunningly beautiful destination resort, it will take years to explore the endless opportunities for enjoyment in and around Lake Tahoe.

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  • Lake Tahoe

    Pristine mountain lake offering beaching, boating , fishing, wakeboarding and waterskiing. Paddling and kayaking rentals, fishing charters, paddle boat dining excursions, lakeside dining, beautiful beaches and state parks. A tourist favorite for day trips and sightseeing. A must to see!

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  • Lake TahoeAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Rent out a cabin to spend time on the Lake during Spring/Summer or in the mountains for Winter months. Yay for snow!

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    Lake Tahoe is where the alpine highlife of the ski slopes meets the kick-back attitude of the lakeside resort - the California esthetic at its finest. If you're into rock-climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing or snowboarding, you'll feel like you've died and gone to heaven on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

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    For a cool Sierra Nevada mountain escape in summer, Lake Tahoe is where a lot of Californians look first when it comes time to head out on the weekend. South Lake Tahoe is always overcrowded, but if you stay on the west or north shores in one of the woodsy cabins, you'll find at least a little peace and maybe even have a sunset beach walk to yourself. In winter, this is the top skiing & snowboarding destination in California.

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  • Lake TahoePro 2014
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    Lake Tahoe is known for the lakes, mountains, and casinos. Outdoor sports lovers will delight in Lake Tahoe, whether it's in the summer or winters. For those who aren't into sports, the casinos will keep you entertained.

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    sugar bowl, kirkwood, heavenly resort. Sweet powder, good beer. what else can you ask for!?!? RIDE OR DIE!

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  • Lake TahoePro 2014
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    The nice thing about Lake Tahoe is that it's pretty much fun to visit all year round. You can get a cabin and go skiing/snowboarding in the winter. You just have to make sure that you have chains for your tires before heading there. The road can be really hard to drive during winter especially if it's snowing.

    The summer is great in Lake Tahoe if you're an outdoor person. There are tons of water sports like parasailing and jetskiing. There are tons of vendors ready to rent you equipment. You can also go bike riding.

    There are some casinos around so you can gamble. They are certainly not like the casinos in Vegas or anything so don't set yourself up with a high expectation.

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  • Lake Tahoe

    a very relaxing vacation spot. definitely not the place to come to rage. But best enjoyed for those looking for a different speed. best known for winter activity. but summer is a great time to go too.

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Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is a thing of natural beauty. Carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age, it is the largest alpine lake in North America and definitely one of the most scenic. With enough outdoor recreation activities to make Davy Crockett do a double take, it has become an extremely popular vacation spot for travelers year-round. During the winter, visitors typically take advantage of the plentiful snowfall and hit the slopes at one of the many great mountain resorts in the Truckee/Incline Village area, including the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley. Other quality mountains include Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, and Northstar. During the summer, the snow melts, giving tourists many more things to do than just ski. Rafting, swimming, biking, fishing, boating and hiking are all immensely popular activities come May or June. No matter the month, South Lake Tahoe (about 45 minutes south of Truckee) offers visitors a tourist-oriented city, with casinos next door in Stateline, Nevada. For accommodation, most mountains have condos and hotels associated with the nearest ski resort, but if you’d rather stay in a city, Tahoe City, ... read more
Truckee and South Lake Tahoe all have a good range of hotel options. Plentiful campsites and cabins offer yet another option. Look for deals at your hotel that might offer free or discounted lift tickets.

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