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Review of Lake Tahoe (Nevada)

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54 reviews
40 helpful votes
“Stunning, incredible views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2009

We drove around the whole lake (about 75 miles) and enjoyed every minute of the trip. We were in awe of the beauty. The drive was a little scary as we weren't used to the winding roads and heights, but it was well worth it. There were many "turnouts" where we could pull over and let the faster cars pass us. Also many places to pull over and enjoy the scenery. I especially recommend the beach in the state park near the southern end of the lake and Emerald Bay. Breathtaking!

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1 helpful vote
“I can't wait to go again!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2008

The most beautiful place on the planet! I am in awe every time I go there!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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109 reviews
52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2003

Another trip to Tahoe ! What a wonderful calming place to visit. Could there be anything wrong with a visit there? No, I don't think so. You can't take a bad picture if you try.Onw day we had breakfast in Truckee. What a breakfast. Great food.We also went to Donner Museum and lake. Beautiful country.Was upset that when we went to Squaw Valley that the cable cars were down till the end of June, so we couldn't go to High Camp for lunch as planned.Emerald Bay is so beautiful, but the parking lots were so full that we went another day and it worked out fine.We took the Hay ride to have breakfast at the Ponderosa. You couldn't ask for a better view while eating breakfast.Also, went on the M S Dixie II and that was great. It was sad when we had to go to the valley and leave the beautiful Lake Tahoe area, but we will return again and again. We love Lake Tahoe.

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“Fabulous winter vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2003

I have been going to Lake Tahoe with my parents for the past 5 years and so far, I have not seen a more beautiful place in the United States. This place truly has everything, except a beach...and with a two hour drive or so, you could be there! The massive amount of snow is the most majestic site, especially if you are used to centimeters a year. The best place for snowboarding/skiing would have to be the Sierra Nevada. It's not too crowded, the people are friendly, and the slopes are great! I can't wait to take my own children here. It's not just a family vacation though, there is also gambling and nightclubs. So much to do. I am in love with Lake Tahoe.

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“Beautiful and exclusive Lake Tahoe -- even if you're not rich and famous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2001

The crystal-clear, sparkling waters reflect the multi-million dollar homes built along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Only the fabulously rich can afford to live along this beautiful shoreline, but we can all dream of visiting there someday.

Beautiful, Peaceful Setting

With the majestic mountains as a backdrop, Lake Tahoe is a beautifully painted portrait of some of Mother Nature's finest work. The very tops of the mountain were sprinkled with snow and I could easily trace the ski runs winding down the steep mountains. I could only imagine the daring skiers who would soon be swooshing down the slopes.

Since my husband and I are not skiers, we were happy to visit Lake Tahoe during early fall when the air was crisp and the sky was a perfect, brilliant blue. It was a fairly quiet time to visit, before the mad rush of snow birds began.

Leisurely Activities

While my husband played golf one day, I was zipping around on the lake in a private yacht.

Of course, it wasn't my private yacht... I can only wish! My husband won our trip for being one of the top sales people at his company. The men were off on a golf outing and the ladies had the luxury of cruising around Lake Tahoe for the afternoon.

The Lake

The water in the lake is very clear and cold. Everyone tells you it's so clear "you can see a dinner plate at 50 feet deep"... what was so funny is that we actually saw a couple of white dinner plates that had been dropped into the lake to prove that very point.

The large is very large and we spent several hours skirting the edge of the shoreline where we could glimpse some of the more exclusive mansions that were completely hidden from view except from the lake.

Diving in Lake Tahoe

People do dive in Lake Tahoe, but it requires some special knowledge and a thick wetsuit. Because of the high altitude you have to be very careful diving about diving in Lake Tahoe. The water is also quite cold.

Since I'm a lazy diver who likes very warm ocean water, I was perfectly content to be sitting on the yacht when I saw a diver's flag flying in the breeze near a small boat anchored offshore.

Nice, Long Drive Around the Lake

The next day, we all took the bus tour around the lake. I kept telling my husband how much better the view had been from the yacht. He kept telling me how nice the golf course had been.

At the time we were there, Bill Gates was still building his Tahoe estate, so we saw it as a work in progress. The road circles around the lake and it takes several hours for you to see the all the gorgeous houses and make a few stops along the way.

Lake Tahoe has some of the most wonderful and expensive shops and galleries I have ever visited. It was a treat to marvel at the gorgeous items that I could never afford to buy.

We stopped at one shopping area where we ate lunch overlooking the water, then had a chance to browse some galleries. There were some exquisite sculptures and beautiful wildlife paintings.

Wonderful Scenery

The scenery was really incredible, between the water and the giant trees. I had the opportunity to pose for a picture beside a huge Redwood tree that made me look absolutely tiny by comparison.

I wish we could grow those trees in Tennessee... I'd stand outside in my front yard next to my giant trees, looking tiny all the time!

Gambling Opportunities

After a wonderful day of sightseeing and shopping, I returned to the hotel to try my luck at gambling. We were staying at Harrah's Hotel and Casino. Oh well, at least I had a good day out on the lake!

Unfortunately, the only time I found a slot machine that wanted to cooperate with me was during the last day of our stay -- about five minutes before the bus was due to leave for the airport!

I got on the bus with a purse full of quarters which I carried to the airport and parlayed into a bucketful of quarters. Since I didn't have time to cash them in before boarding the plane, my kids were set for lunch and snack money for a long time afterward!

Nearby Attractions

We had a group dinner in Virginia City, where we visited the shops along a main street that looked like a movie set from a western. I kept waiting for Hoss and Little Joe Cartwright to appear.

We did see the spot where the opening for "Bonanza" was filmed, where everyone comes riding up, just before the map of Nevada starts to burn. (You have to be old like me to remember that, I know.)

We also went by the infamous "Chicken Ranch" well before it got dark. Not much was happening yet at the busiest little "chickenhouse" in Nevada, but we sure did our best to sneak a peek.

Great for a Weekend Getaway

Three days in Lake Tahoe was enough time for me to enjoy the scenery, do a bit of shopping, and get my fill of gambling. If I'm ever "rich and famous" I'd love to have a little weekend "cabin" on Lake Tahoe (10,000 square feet or so). It would be nice to hop to Tahoe for the weekend now and then!

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