No trip to Reno Tahoe, is complete without a visit to the shores and mountains of Lake Tahoe.
There are two sides to life at the lake: Winter, when skiing, boarding and other snow sports take center stage, and summer, when things warm up, inviting visitors to play in the water and enjoy the great outdoors.
With a base elevation of just under 6,500 feet, Lake Tahoe receives an average of approximately 350 inches of snow per year, so skiing opportunities abound at the area’s 18 alpine and nordic resorts, and powder days are in large supply. Visitors can also take to the hills with a dogsled team, take advantage the region’s thousands of acres of snowmobile terrain, or just relax in the spa at a four-star hotel.
When spring ushers in summer, the place to be is on the water. Dozens of tour operators offer waterskiing, sailing, Jet Ski and parasailing adventures departing from marinas throughout the basin. Whether you like to lay low sunbathing on one of Tahoe’s sandy beaches, mountain bike the world-famous Flume Trail, or hit the casinos and nightclubs for after-hours fun, there’s an activity for every taste.
Within a 45-minute drive up the Mt. Rose Highway (Highway 431) from Reno, visitors will find the community of Incline Village. Nearby, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and Diamond Peak Ski Resort offer runs from beginner to advanced. In the warm months, Sand Harbor is a great place to soak in the sun and take a dip in crystal clear water. Families can also enjoy a Tahoe tradition by taking in a performance during the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, which fills the calendar during the evenings in July and August.
If your vacation goal is relaxation, there are few spas that rival the Stillwater Spa at Incline’s Hyatt Regency. The Cal Neva Resort in the lake front community of Crystal Bay offers a historic ambiance, and the Crystal Bay Casino offers all of the thrills of Nevada-style gaming, with the charm of resort-town coziness.
Ranked as the top U.S. destination in TripAdvisor.com’s 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards, Lake Tahoe is truly the "Jewel of the Sierra."