Filled with over 39 trillion gallons of pure Sierra snowmelt, and pushed a mile into the Californian, and Nevada skies, Lake Tahoe is the USA’s Largest Alpine lake, and one of the country’s year-round Location playground. Lake Tahoe has forever drawn travelers to its shores, from the native Americans who call this place Big Waters, to the trappers, timber cutters, and pioneers who followed.
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On the lake’s southern shore, is Pope beach, where you will find a Tahoe Institution. At historic Camp Richardson, generations of families return year after year to create life-long vacation memories under the towering pines. We will spend our first day relaxing around this resort and enjoying all its views from in and around.
From Pope Beach, saddle up, and follow the bike path to the Taylor Creek Visitor Centre. An open-air classroom for the entire family, the center features fabulous interpretative walks, such as the rainbow trail. The wetland loop even features an underground chamber, giving visitors a unique salmon-eye view of this incredible environment. Once you’ve warmed up your legs at Taylor Creek, take in the majesty of the surrounding state parks.
Nearby, at DL state Park, follow the spectacular Rubicon Trail, which runs high above Tahoe’s deepest waters, and dips down to quiet, secluded coves. The six and a half mile trail twists through the forests of aspen, cedar and mountain dogwood, past the countries highest lighthouse, before crossing into neighboring Emerald Bay State Park. This park is home to the Eagle Falls Trail, a moderate two-mile hike that takes in some of the Sierra high country’s finest views.
Down by the shore, you can visit Tahoe’s hidden castle. Inspired by the legends and architecture of Scandinavia, in 1929, heiress Lora J.Knight, brought in an army of 200 craftsmen to build thus 38-room summer home from the lake’s timber and stone. Today Vikingsholm is cared for by the Sierra State Parks Foundation and operates as a museum and fairy-tale window into Tahoe’s past.
Emerald Bay is also home to the lake’s only island, once the abode of another local character, Captain Dick, who delighted in showing visitors a wooden box containing his toes. The old sea dog lost his toes to frostbite after capsizing his boat one dark winter night, of a long row home from a far-off tavern. These days, Tahoe’s 72-mile ring road makes getting around the lake far less perilous. Even if you’re not up to paddling or hiking, you can still enjoy the breathtaking vistas.