Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest alpine lake, and one of the purest (and oldest at 2 million years old!) water lakes in the world. The area historically served as a transcontinental route for the country’s first railroads and highways. Now Lake Tahoe welcomes athletes, adventurers and casual travelers who all want to experience the lake’s beauty. Well known for its beaches and ski resorts, containing many natural and man-made wonders. [The best time of year to visit is fall with the unique change in colors, pine tree backdrop and surrounding aspens.]
Emerald Bay Lookout
“Lake Tahoe’s crown jewel” is a must see with much to do! With its clear waters and breathtaking mountain views, it’s no wonder Emerald Bay Lookout is one of the most photographed places in the world. Emerald Bay is one of the first underwater parks of its kind in California and was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1969. Whether you like hiking, kayaking or you’re a cruise enthusiast, there are many ways to explore the area.
Since the 1960 Winter Olympics, Palisades Tahoe’s (formerly known as Squaw Valley) world famous terrain has become an international destination for all skiers and snowboarders. Your trip starts with a scenic ride on a cable car taking you 2,000 vertical feet in the air to High Camp. From High Camp, you can hit the slopes which consist of 4,000 acres of open bowls and shoots across six mountain peaks. Or you can glide across the ice at the world’s highest open-air rink at an elevation of 8,200 feet. Throughout the summit there are also numerous dining venues, sports shops, snow tubing runs and the Olympic Museum.
There is no place quite like Crystal Bay! It is located right on the Nevada/California state line, along the mountainside and boulders of the bay. Stunning views of the northern shore of Lake Tahoe come from this peninsula, while also being the epicenter of live entertainment with its four Crystal Bay Casinos that were once home to Frank Sinatra.