Heading to the Sierra? We’ll tell you where to eat, what to do, and more in six sparkling towns.
Lake Tahoe’s legendary clear, blue beauty draws visitors year-round, and it’s no wonder. The 22-mile-long alpine lake has a 72-mile shoreline, split between California and Nevada and dotted with towns full of character. Head a little way into Nevada and you’ll find even more great spots in Reno and Carson City. If you’re up for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or other winter sports, almost all of the area’s cities grant access to world-class resorts. Hooked on history—American, literary, or pop cultural? Find Kit Carson, Mark Twain, John Wayne, and other impressive figures haunting the area. Good eats abound, from the unexpected (tripe Florentine at Moody’s in Truckee) to the elegant (linen-topped tables at Cafe Fiore in South Lake Tahoe). Spas, shops, antique cars, architecture—Tahoe has it all. Oh, and there’s some pretty fine water, too. Lake Tahoe Visitor Bureau: visitinglaketahoe.com.
Check out our Lake Tahoe Area package:
Carson City: History tours and a lively restaurant scene
Incline Village and Crystal Bay: Twain meets Sinatra
Reno: A booming scene just 30 miles from the lake
South Lake Tahoe: Mountain recreation and lake access
Tahoe City: Squaw Valley skiing and the Truckee River
Truckee: Handsome historic buildings and tasty eats
Photography by North Lake Tahoe/Jeff Dow
This article was first published in January 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.