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If you want to hang out with family and/or friends or go exploring by yourself, then look no further. Lake Tahoe is a relaxing place where you can do almost anything.

There are two general areas of the lake - North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe. Many sights and recreational areas are also located on the East and West shores of the lake. The lake crosses the border of California and Nevada, which is significant since gambling is legal in the state of Nevada.

South Lake Tahoe features the largest of the casinos on the Nevada side of the state line, along with the major hotels and top name entertainment. North Lake Tahoe is more rustic and relaxed, and is a great place to enjoy the California redwoods. There are a few smaller casinos on the north side, as well. Activities abound in both summer and winter. In the summer, you can take a boat out on the lake and water ski, wakeboard, or tube. There are also jet skis available. In the winter, world-class ski resorts offer a full range of winter sports activities. Squaw Valley even offers an outdoor ice skating rink at an altitude of 8000 feet. For the little ones, Sno Parks abound where children can enjoy sledding and playing in the snow. Gambling is available year-round on the Nevada side of the lake.

You can enjoy almost any type of cuisine whether it’s Chinese, Italian, sushi or a brew pub. Many hotels are located on the shore while others are within walking distance, so you can sun bathe or enjoy the beauty of the lake. Hotels are located throughout south shore, and are all close to restaurants, places for kids like mini-golf or tennis, or basketball courts. At North shore, many families prefer to rent a cabin or condo, or to stay at one of the smaller hotels or motels.

Lake Tahoe itself--the largest and deepest alpine lake in North America--is ringed by mountains and resorts. At North Lake Tahoe, paddlewheelers depart from Tahoe City on the north shore and South Lake Tahoe on the south shore in summer.

Tourist activities

Today, the area surrounding Lake Tahoe is full of restaurants, ski slopes and casinos.

Winter sports
During ski season, thousands of people from all over California, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose, flock to the slopes for some of the best skiing in the world. Lake Tahoe, in addition to its panaramic beauty, is well known for its blizzards. It gets more snow than anywhere in the United States and more than 99% of the world.

Some of the major ski areas in Tahoe include:

Heavenly Valley: the largest Ski area at Tahoe, located near Stateline, Nevada
Squaw Valley: the second largest ski area, known for its hosting of the 1960 Winter Olympics, located near Tahoe City
Alpine Meadows: a medium sized ski area on the north shore only a few miles from Squaw Valley
Diamond Peak: a medium sized ski area located in Incline Village, NV
Northstar-at-Tahoe: a popular north shore ski area
Kirkwood: a south shore ski area which gets more snow than any other ski area in Tahoe
Sierra-at-Tahoe: a small south shore ski area
Boreal: a small ski area on Donner Pass
Sugar Bowl: a medium sized ski area in Donner Pass
Donner Ski Ranch: a very small ski area on Donner Pass
Homewood: a medium sized ski area on the west shore
Mount Rose: a medium sized ski area north-east of the Lake, atop Mt. Rose
Scattered throughout Tahoe are public and private sled parks. Some, such as Granlibakken are equipped with rope tows to help sledders get up the hill.

Many ski areas in Tahoe also have Snow tubing, such as Squaw Valley. Snow tubing is popular among people who are interested in alternative sports. There is also Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobile riding, and Snowshoeing

Water sports
During the summer, the lake is popular for water sports and beach activities. The two cities most identified with the Lake Tahoe tourist area are South Lake Tahoe, California and the smaller Stateline, Nevada; smaller centers on the California shoreline include Tahoe City and Kings Beach.

Boating, the primary activity in Tahoe in the summer, is known worldwide. There are lakefront restaraunts all over the Lake, most equipped with docks and Buoys (See the restaraunts section) There are all sorts of boating events, such as sailboat racing, firework shows over the lake, guided cruises, and more. Lake Tahoe also has its own Coast Guard

List of Tahoe Marinas:

Homewood High and Dry Marina
Sierra Boat Company
Tahoe City Marina
List of Lake Tahoe Cruise Ships:

Tahoe Gal
Tahoe Queen
M.S. Dixe

Hiking and Mountain Biking
There are hundreds of hiking/mountain biking trails all around the lake. They range in size, legnth, difficulty, and popularity. One of the most famous of Tahoe's trails is the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165 mile trail that circumnavigates the lake.

Gambling is legal on the Nevada side of the lake, the resort area of Lake Tahoe attracts all kinds of fun seekers, year round. In the town of Stateline, near Heavenly Valley, there are myriads of enormous casinos filled all year long.


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