LAKE TAHOE – WESTERN PARADISE:A GETAWAY THAT’S FUN FOR ALLby Hampton Rhodes

LAKE TAHOE – WESTERN PARADISE:
A GETAWAY THAT’S FUN FOR ALL

9-tahoe-sunriseRegardless of the season, Lake Tahoe is a wonderful retreat from the everyday and provides adventure and inspiration for the whole family, whether you are a family of one, like myself, or a family of 25 like those reality people.

1-map-of-lake-tahoeLake Tahoe conveniently straddles the states of Nevada and California just south of Interstate 80. Reno is the closest city with a major airport, and many airlines service it multiple times a day.

Vacationsmadeeasy.com and BLT – the blog for lifestyle and travel, has come up with a roadmap of fantastic things to do in the Lake Tahoe area. Here are just a few:

2-emerald-bay-lake-tahoeAs the clearest in the United States, Lake Tahoe offers a wide variety of adventures for visitors. The views are magnificent, the local shopping is fun, and the food is delicious. From taking in the sights at Emerald Bay to whitewater rafting on the Truckee River, you can explore it all for the best Lake Tahoe vacation.

For the best views of Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, and Vikingsholm Castle, make sure to stop at Inspiration Point Vista, which towers 600 feet above Lake Tahoe. Set in the beautiful tall pines overlooking the Bay, this vista point offers wheelchair-accessible paths for all viewers. You can meander along the lakeside trails for up-close views during your stop, and make sure to bring your camera to take photos of Tahoe’s shimmering waters.

4-lower-edge-falls-lake-tahoeExtending 140 feet above Emerald Bay, Lower Eagle Falls is an awesome and incredible waterfall with two large drops. Lower Eagle Falls is best seen in the spring as the mountain snow melts. The waterfall is divided into two sections, an upper section that measures 58 feet and a lower section that measures 82 feet. It can be reached by a trailhead at the Emerald Bay State Park or by climbing down the rocks from the roadside at the brink of the falls. This second, quicker route provides fantastic views, but the trip is rather dangerous and those who choose to take this route must be careful.

5-tahoe-treetop-adventure-parkAs the first Aerial Adventure Park in California, the Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park is the best place for California zip lining and exploring adventure rope courses. This year-round adventure park is comprised of a series of courses that link tree platform to tree platform using a variety of bridges and zip lines. You can travel through the forest on this aerial trek, which will take you anywhere from 15 to 50 feet up in the air. With more than 50 platforms and bridges, the Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park is suitable for people of all different levels of skill and athleticism.

6-heavenly-mountain-resortForge your own path through the rocky terrain with the endless skiing options at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The resort spans across 4,800 acres with incredible views of the lake below. Skiers can race across 34 miles of wide-open groomed cruisers and 1,600-foot plunges. Ride up the Heavenly Mountain Gondola for a 2.4-mile trip with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe that will leave you breathless. Make sure to stop for photos at the Observation Deck, and once at the top, you can take the Tamarack Express chairlift for more sights and fantastic trails. While at the resort, stop by Heavenly Village to purchase supplies like sunglasses, bathing suits, hiking gear, skiing gear, and more.

7-tahoe-whitewater-toursJoin Tahoe Whitewater Tours for the best whitewater experience in Lake Tahoe. Since 1994, Tahoe Whitewater Tours has been helping guests create lasting memories with a stunning whitewater adventure. Rafting, kayaking, and float tube adventures take you past beautiful mountain scenery and meandering meadows for some good, old-fashioned fun. Whitewater Tours’ knowledgeable and friendly staff will help give you an unrivaled experience in Tahoe.

8-lake-tahoe-clearWhatever the season, whatever the size of your party, Lake Tahoe can provide a wonderful retreat and respite from your routines, and can rejuvenate your soul as no other place in the world. It’s worth the effort, no matter how little or how small. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

Information
All books available at amazon.com. Click on title to order.
Tahoe Beneath the Surface: Hidden Stories of America’s Largest Mountain Lake
by Scott Lankford
Afoot and Afield: Tahoe-Reno 201 Spectacular Outings in theLake Tahoe Region
by Mike White
Top Trails: Lake Tahoe Must-Do Hikes For Everyone
by Mike White

 


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