The largest alpine lake in America and the second deepest at 501 metres, Lake Tahoe has historically been inhabited by the Washoe tribe of Native Americans, for whom the lake was the heart of their territory and a sacred summer gathering place.
Sections of north and south Lake Tahoe are split between the states of California and Nevada, meaning that whilst casinos and energetic night life are accessible, they are just as easily avoided. With miles of forest trails for cycling, the Truckee River Bike Trail is a very popular way of seeing the area; if hiking is more your thing, then head to Emerald Bay State Park and try the Rubicon Trail, watching out for the famous Bald Eagles along the way. Emerald Bay is also home to the 1929 Nordic-style mansion Vikingsholm, one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the USA.
Typically viewed as a winter/spring destination with its world-class ski resorts, this stunning slice of Californian comfort is a fantastic destination for families, walkers and adventure lovers throughout the year. In the summer, water sports rule and whether your passion is swimming, boating, water skiing or paddle boarding, you will find it all on the crystal blue waters. Be sure to watch out for the famous Tahoe Tessie, a mythical rival to our own beloved Nessie!