8) Lake Tahoe
Straddling the border of Nevada and California is North America’s largest alpine lake. Lake Tahoe is a beautifully serene part of the state and is enjoyed immensely by nature-lovers during the summer months. The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range paints a striking backdrop to the massive, crystal clear waters of Tahoe. Framed by forests abuzz with wildlife, this is an outdoor fanatics dream. Although it’s located north of San Francisco, temperatures are still comfortable in the high 70’s; perfect for camping and hiking during the summer outings. Emerald Bay is a must see with kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and swimming. Hike to the top of Mount Rose for the best panoramas of Lake Tahoe and surrounding cities. Craving a shot of adrenaline? There are plenty of mountain bike trails to choose from. With so many options, Lake Tahoe makes it easy to become one with nature.
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