Homewood Mountain Resort#5 in Best Things To Do in Lake Tahoe
According to skiers, this small resort on Lake Tahoe's west shore (about 7 miles south of Tahoe City) is far more manageable than nearby titans like Squaw Valley and Heavenly Resort. Sitting on 1,260 acres, Homewood features just 67 runs and eight lifts. But its laid-back atmosphere and spectacular scenery impress visitors time and again, who call it one of the most gorgeous resorts with amazing lake views and a great place to tree ski.
Homewood is also the perfect spot for those of you trying to experience Lake Tahoe on a budget, as lift tickets are much cheaper than those at nearby resorts (starting as low as $49 if purchased online in advance). Reviewers were also quick to praise its family-friendly atmosphere and on-site children's lessons. However, visitors were less impressed with the limited and outdated food options, and urge future visitors to pack their own snacks.
What's more, Homewood offers plenty of things to do in the warmer months as well. The resort's summer activities include everything from stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking on Lake Tahoe to hiking and biking and drive-in movies on the mountain. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can reach the resort via the TART bus or Homewood's free Dial-A-Ride shuttle service, which operates daily during ski season providing door-to-door service on the west shore between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, including ticket pricing and hours, visit the resort's website.
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#1 Emerald Bay State Park
Carved millions of years ago by passing glaciers, this state park is a must-see for anyone looking to experience Lake Tahoe's beauty. Sheltered by towering trees, this inlet along the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe is known for its colorful granite cliffs and stunning panoramas. Follow Highway 89 south from Tahoe City (about 20 miles) or north from South Lake Tahoe (about 10 miles) and you'll come across the Emerald Bay Lookout, the park's crown jewel. And you should make sure you have a camera on hand – the scenery is breathtaking and travelers say there are photo opportunities everywhere you turn.
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