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“Outdoor Haven” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Tahoe (California)

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“Outdoor Haven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2008

We visited Lake Tahoe this June 08.After a two hour car journey from San Francisco,it was more than worth it.We stayed at the Super 8 Motel,just outside Heavenly Village.A great location,just a ten minute walk to Heavenly.The scenery was fantastic.The deep blue colour lake,surrounded by mountains.There was so much to do and see, two days was not enough.There are plenty of out door activities,from hiking,biking,boating on the lake,going up the chair lift to the top of the mountain,shopping,and even going into the casinos just over the state border into Navada.There are plenty of shops and restaurants in this area.

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“Lake Tahoe”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2008

there was nothing for you to do, they are impolite, there is trash in the streets, vagrants, the lake is pollutted. I walked into the kmart which is the only value store in town that is not overly expensive, and all the shelves were empty the staff was rude and they said the wouldn't get any mp3 players for a month. Price are not what there advertised and they say its because it's tahoe. There are no cheap places to stay, and there are no museums no natural places to go just overpriced shops.

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“Great outdoor vacation with kids at Tahoe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2008

We like to hike and camp with our kids but we're from Philadelphia, so we were looking to have some summer (late August) outdoor fun with the kids (aged 2, 6, 8) out West. We found ample opportunity for things on the cheap that were truly breathtaking. We rented a great little cabin in Homewood, CA about mid-way down the lake. There was just enough for us: general store, coffee shop, ice cream shop, but not too many people, or tacky stuff at all.

I highly recommend spending a day at Emerald Bay. There's an easy walk down to the water where there's just enough sand to keep the little kids interested. Later, you can hike up the mountains to Eagle Lake. It took just about an hour with the kids to get there but you're rewarded with a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe and a cold mountain lake to take a dip in.

Emerald Bay State Park is another good place to spend a couple of hours. They have about 2 or 3 miles of very flat, paved paths that meander through the marshes (more rustic than it sounds) and a submerged building where you go underneath the river and can watch all of the trout swimming around. That's good for at least 30 minutes alone.

We felt removed enough from the masses of people throughout the week and yet we could shoot up to Incline Village if we wanted to do a big grocery shop, or rent a kayak to paddle around on the lake.

The lake itself is unbelievable. Cool, crisp and ultra clear. You can easily see 30 feet down to the bottom, it's that clear.

We will definitely go back to Tahoe!

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“A Tourist Point of View from a Former Local”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2008

In writing this review of South Lake Tahoe I have to plead guilty to being a bias reviewer since I called the area home for about 23 years. I do however think that an honest review of the area from someone who still considers himself a local and visits often would be a great addition to other Tahoe area reviews.

Traveling to Tahoe

Flying into the Reno / Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is the popular choice. From their you can rent a car or take the Casino Express charter from the airport to several different locations on the south shore; all of which I believe are the Casino stops at Tahoe. Regardless how you travel from Reno to Tahoe you’ll be taking the 395 south through Carson City to Hwy 50 and on into Tahoe.

If driving into Lake Tahoe from the Riverside or San Diego area I personally like the drive along the 395 which somewhat skirts along the California / Nevada border. This will take you right into Carson City where you can then get on Hwy 50 and 30 or so minutes later you’ll be in Tahoe.

Entertainment in Tahoe

Tahoe has three major attractions and many smaller attractions through out the year. People mostly come to the area for the outdoor summer activities, outdoor winter activities or the indoor gambling activities. Tahoe is known for it’s year round entertainment and beauty both in the winter and summer months.

The minor activities include Fourth of July and New Years Eve festivities which brings in thousands of people over that weekend. You also have the Renaissance Fair usually held in June or July and the Lake Tahoe Marathon which is in September this year (2008).

Sight Seeing

By far the most popular visually appealing area in all of Lake Tahoe has got to be Emerald Bay with its castle / teahouse island. A short hike down to the beach from Hwy 89 also reveals another attraction open for tours during the summer called the Vikingsholm. You can find tour info, photos and more at http://www.vikingsholm.org/.

A tour around the lake is also a very scenic drive and even though gas prices are up right now it is still worth the drive; one that you’ll never forget. Some parts of the road will take you high up into the mountains with somewhat hairpin turns but amazing views while others will put you within 20 – 30 feet of the lake. Driving through Cave Rock, a man made cave and sacred area to the local Indian tribes, is also a delight for the younger kids. End the drive with a stop at Zephyr Cove and board the MS. Dixie for a paddleboat style dinner cruise experience you’ll never forget.

Written by John Jones – Former resident of South Lake Tahoe and someone who still considers himself a local even after being gone for two years now.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2008

Go prepared to relax because after the normal activities -that is all there is to do.
Very beautiful but understand when you go that this is nature with some perks and not Las Vegas

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