Are you a fan of skiing, swimming, golfing, shopping, dining, or nightlife, or perhaps all of it? In that case, Lake Tahoe in California, USA, might be the destination of your dreams. It offers all of the above, and much more. This popular vacation destination will let you hike through Sierra Nevada Mountains, navigate the slopes of the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, enjoy views of the lake from the Heavenly Gondola, or even go kayaking in the Emerald Bay. When the night sets in, look for the bright lights ton the southern shore casinos or have dinner in one of the restaurants. For even more suggestions, following is a list of the best thing to do at Lake Tahoe during your vacation.
1. Emerald Bay State Park
Million years ago, this amazing deed of nature was carved by the passing glaciers. It is a must-see site for anyone for the lovers of natural beauty. It is surrounded by towering trees, and it is located on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. The place is famous for the colorful granite cliffs and breathtaking panoramas. Simply go along Highway 89, around 20 miles south from Tahoe City, or north from South Lake Tahoe, which is about 10 miles. You will easily spot the Emerald Bay Lookout, the crown jewel of this stunning site. Make sure not to forget your camera!
2. Squaw Valley
Spread across six peaks on the western shore of the lake, and about 10 miles northwest of Tahoe City is the Squaw Valley, one of the finest ski resorts in the world. It has almost 4,000 acres of ski terrain and a very advanced lift system. This area held the 1960 Winter Olympics as well. The tourists here are impressed with the size of the resort and its wide range of exciting runs. This is a smart choice for first-timer to the sport as well, some 70% of the slopes are dedicated to the beginners and intermediate skiers.
3. Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Along the northern shore of the lake is this beach, one of the largest in the whole area. The 13-acre park encompasses much of the shoreline of the northern edge and it is amazing for swimming, sunbathing and boating activities. A picnic area and a playground close by, as are the restroom facilities. Reviews praise it as a great place for family vacations but make sure to go there early in order to a good parking spot and a nice place at the beach.
4. Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum
These honor arguably the darkest moments in the history of American pioneering. Once you are here, you can find a great stone pedestal that commemorates the Donner Party, which were the legendary pioneers who died during the unwelcoming Sierra Nevada winter of 1846 and 1847. The party had almost 90 emigrants who were on their way to California. Their wagon train unfortunately encountered a heavy snow storm. Only half of their group survived it, and many had to resort to cannibalism to stay alive. The stone marker is 22 feet tall for the amount of snowfall that winter.
5. Homewood Mountain Resort
As skiers put it, this small resort on the west shore some 7 miles south from Tahoe City is much easier to manage and navigate than Squaw Valley and Heavenly Resort. It is spread over 1,260 acres and has 67 runs and eight lifts. Tourists who come here appreciate the relaxed atmosphere and the spectacular scenery and for many, this is the most gorgeous resort here with its amazing lake views and great winter sports opportunities.
6. D.L. Bliss State Park
This park carries the name of the 19th-century timber and mining giant Duane Leroy Bliss. The amazing 744-acre park has the deepest section of Lake Tahoe, as well as the most breathtaking sites like several pristine beaches, hiking trails, and the Balancing Rock. This is a 250,000-pound boulder that balances on a fist of granite. Tourists adore the beaches, trails, and campsites, which really are worth your time if you ever visit. Be prepared for the overall lack of parking space though, while the limited access during the winter offseason can also be troublesome.