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Lake Tahoe

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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, which is famous for its cobalt-blue water and surrounding snowcapped peaks.

One of the world's largest, clearest, and deepest alpine lakes straddles the border of California and Nevada, giving this popular Sierra Nevada resort region a split personality. About half of its visitors are intent on low-key sightseeing, hiking, camping, and boating; the rest head directly to the Nevada side, lured by bargain dining, big-name entertainment, and glittering casinos.

To explore the lake area and get a feel for its differing communities, drive the 72-mile road that follows the shore through wooded flatlands and past beaches, climbing to vistas on the rugged southwest s... Read More

Whether you swim, fish, sail, or simply rest on its shores, you’ll be wowed by the overwhelming beauty of Lake Tahoe, which is famous for its cobalt-blue water and surrounding snowcapped peaks.

One of the world's largest, clearest, and deepest alpine lakes straddles the border of California and Nevada, giving this popular Sierra Nevada resort region a split personality. About half of its visitors are intent on low-key sightseeing, hiking, camping, and boating; the rest head directly to the Nevada side, lured by bargain dining, big-name entertainment, and glittering casinos.

To explore the lake area and get a feel for its 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 travel on the 22-mile-long, 12-mile-wide lake via a sightseeing cruise or kayaking trip.

Note, however, that in fall of 2021, the Caldor Fire burned its way along Highway 50 on the western Sierra slopes, over the peaks, and eastward to the Nevada border, coming dangerously close to the lake’s southwestern shore. South Lake Tahoe was spared, but evidence of the fire is visible for miles as you drive along Highways 50 and 89.

Although the lake and the region's protected tracts of wilderness are the main draws, other nearby destinations are gaining 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 Reno, once known only for its casinos, attracts tourists with its buzzing arts scene, downtown riverfront, and campus events at the University of Nevada.

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Electrical Outlets

120 V/60Hz; Type A plugs have two flat prongs. Type B plugs have the same two flat prongs with a third round prong; together the three form a triangular shape.

Currency

US Dollar

Nearby Airports

RNO

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