Most people visit the Lake Tahoe area to see its beautiful, blue lake surrounded by towering peaks, alpine forests and wildlife so the best attractions are mostly situated in the outdoors. Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States and the tenth deepest in the world, but you don't always have to be out on the water to see the lake.
Start at the very top and get a great view of the lake from the hiking trail that goes to the summit of Mount Tallac on the South Shore or from Mount Rose on the North Shore. Other great views of the lake can be seen in the winter with trips to the top of Squaw Valley and the Heavenly Gondola. For some unique views of the lake, take the family to the Taylor Creek Visitor Center for a underwater peak at the spawning salmon that swim out of Tahoe and into Taylor Creek. For an evening view, take a trip on the paddleboat, the M.S. Dixie II to Emerald Bay. If you want to get a nice view of another lake, head to Donner Lake near Truckee for some dock swimming or kayaking.
Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors of the Western U.S. She spends her time hiking, camping, biking and kayaking in the mountains around her home, and snorkeling and boating in Lake Tahoe. Christina loves to visit... Read More