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Lake Tahoe Vacations - Something for Everyone

Lake Tahoe Vacation
Lake Tahoe is an absolute must-visit vacation destination. From breathtaking views to outdoor recreation to year round fun for all ages, Lake Tahoe is the kind of place to return to again and again and a place where you'll make memories to last a lifetime. Skiing and hiking opportunities bring vacationers to Tahoe from all over. Here are some of the sights and activities that just can't be missed.

Summertime Activities in Tahoe

Floating Down the Truckee River

One of the main attractions of Lake Tahoe is to float and glide down the Truckee River. There are rafting companies located in Tahoe City which provide you will the equipment you need, so you won't have any responsibilities beyond packing a meal and beverages. Your trip will start in Tahoe City and a shuttle service will take you back to your car when you finish. There are small islands where you can stop as a family to have a picnic or to enjoy some swimming while you break from your float.


There are hundreds of hiking trails around Lake Tahoe so you will have no problem meeting whichever difficulty level makes you comfortable. In addition to the hikers, there are many bikers who take to the various trails. The Tahoe Rim Trail is a well known place for hikers and bikers of all skill levels to carve out a piece of the trail for the afternoon. If you are looking for a smoother bike ride, there are paved roads which serve as bicycle trails located on the Eagle Lake Trail head.

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South Lake Tahoe - Lake Tahoe features some of the nation's best skiing. Heavenly Mountain Resort is the largest skiing area in all of California and Nevada. The mountain comes equipped with 30 ski lifts and 94 runs across 4,800 acres of skiing area. About 45 percent of the mountain is intermediate ski trails, 35 percent advanced level trails and the remainder are beginner slopes.

Heavenly has an excellent ski school on the mountain offering a range of lessons for kids and adults or an entire family. Heavenly Mountain boasts the largest grooming and snow making crew in the area, making every inch of the nearly 5,000 acres of terrain perfect for riding.

North Lake Tahoe - Squaw Valley is just over 9,000 feet at top elevation, and the mountain has 33 ski lifts and 170 trails. It's an easier mountain to ski than Heavenly, with only 30 percent of the trails at expert level. Forty-five percent of its trails are intermediate with another 25 percent dedicated to newer skiers.

Also, check out the skiing and year round things to do at Northstar-at-Tahoe and the ski areas near Truckee, CA.

Sledding, Tubing and Snowmobiles

If there are members of your family who aren't fond of hitting the slopes to ski or snowboard, there are sled parks in the area with rentals available for the entire family. There are even rope tows that will pull you back up the hill once you reach the bottom.

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