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Lake Tahoe

Best Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

Skiing? Check. Swimming? Check. Golfing? Check. Shopping, dining and nightlife? Yup, those too. Lake Tahoe offers the best of all worlds rolled into one vacation destination. Spend your days hiking through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, shredding powder along the slopes of Squaw Valley USA, getting the bird's-eye view of the lake from the Heavenly Gondola or kayaking in Emerald Bay. Then, as night falls, follow the bright lights to the southern shore's big-name casinos like Harrah's.

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#1
Emerald Bay State Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Carved millions of years ago by passing glaciers, this state park is a must-see for ... read more»

#2
Squaw Valley USA
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sprawling across six peaks on Lake Tahoe's western shore (about eight miles northwest of ... read more»

#3
Kings Beach State Recreation Area Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Extending more than three miles along Lake Tahoe's northern shore, this beach is one ... read more»

#4
D. L. Bliss State Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Named for 19th-century lumber titan Duane LeRoy Bliss, this stunning 744-acre park is home to ... read more»

#5
Homewood Mountain Resort
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: According to skiers, this small, homey resort on Lake Tahoe's west shore (about seven ... read more»

#6
Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum
Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Recreation | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum honor one of the darkest moments ... read more»

#7
Northstar-at-Tahoe
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Although it's significantly smaller than Squaw Valley USA or the Heavenly Resort -- boasting a ... read more»

#8
Heavenly Ski Resort & Gondola
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: With its summit soaring 10,067 feet above sea level (the highest in Lake Tahoe ... read more»

#9
Harrah's Casino
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Sitting just over the border from South Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada, Harrah's Casino ... read more»

#10
Alpine Meadows
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: If you want to avoid the crowds that flock to nearby Squaw Mountain USA, consider ... read more»

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