Straddling the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe attracts nearly three million visitors a year. About four hours by car from San Francisco, Lake Tahoe is one of the largest, deepest and clearest freshwater lakes in the entire world. The summer months (early June to mid September) offer ample opportunities for boating, watersports, golfing and hiking, while the winter snows (usually appearing in late November and lasting until mid May) make for some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the United States. For those with less outdoorsy ambitious, Lake Tahoe offers gambling, shopping, fine dining, and, of course, stellar views of the lake and surrounding mountains all year long.
Lake Tahoe is a beautiful, crystal-clear blue lake nestled among mountain peaks. It has depths of up to 1,600 feet and the mountain peaks are in the 8,000 to 10,000 foot range. During the summer, boating, camping, and hiking are popular activities. Winter sports are popular during the colder months (Late November-Mid May). Lake Tahoe has been a tourist destination since the turn of the 20th century, when steam trains and improving roads made it possible to visit with ease. The 1960 Winter Olympics, held at Squaw Valley, popularized winter sports at Tahoe.