2) South Lake Tahoe, California
Straddling the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake 6,225 feet up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. South Lake Tahoe is a popular tourist area on the California side. It’s known for its summertime beach fun and winter ski resorts. Late Spring through early Fall is the best time to visit for summer activities. Boating is very popular on the lake, as is the prestigious wooden boat show, held every August. Sailboat racing, scuba diving, kayaking, jet skiing and stand up paddle boards are popular activities. There are also a wide variety of hiking and mountain bike trails offering stunning vistas around the lake. There are a variety of options for lodging on the lake. Here you can choose from cabin style B&B’s to large lakeside resorts. No matter where you stay, the beauty of this scenic alpine lake is something you won’t soon forget.