Lake Tahoe is at 6,225 ft (1,897 m), a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. It is at the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America continent. It is 1,645 ft (501 m) deep, this makes it the second-deepest in the United States. Lake Tahoe is also 26th largest lake by volume of water contained at 150. 68 cubic kilometers.
Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction. People visit here for summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area’s attraction.
Town of Tahoe City is on the California side of the Lake Tahoe. In the gone era this area was famous for logging and hunting but now it is a year round vacation town. Town has all amenities a couple of dozen restaurants, multiple bars, sports shops, banks, boat marinas, the Tahoe Yacht Club, and a couple large chain grocery stores and many hotels and resorts. Since gambling is legal in Nevada, many streets divide Nevada and California and as Nevada section begins, there begin a queue of magnificent casinos and hotel. California side streets offer more tranquil and natural environment.
We are at Carson City (Capital of Nevada) at the look at the mountain where Lake Tahoe is situated, that is barely 16 miles from here. Carson City was born during the Gold Rush period around 1859.
One of the most scenic drives in the American West is the reaching Lake Tahoe from Carson City and then journey around Lake Tahoe.
We hit the road that begins steep climb, we drive through the mountains and over Spooner Summit. Soon, we catch your first glimpses of Lake Tahoe and begin to understand why Mark Twain once wrote that it was “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.”
Just below Spooner Summit we arrive at the Lake Shore and we can go either way around Lak Tahoe. Farther ahead comes Cave Rock tunnel, where the highway passes through 75 feet of rock. The rock is a sacred spot for the Washo Indian tribe, the original inhabitants of Lake Tahoe, who used to place their dead in the waters below the distinctive rock.
Continuing south, the Lake Tahoe drive brings us to the town of Stateline. In addition to being the boundary between Nevada and California, Stateline is also where most of the Tahoe action can be found. A half-dozen, first class hotel-casino resorts.
We pass Stateline and here begins South Lake Tahoe town where we have booked our motel. Hotel turns out a fabulous one and under the shade of tall pine trees. We can view this most beautiful deep blue water lake from our room. Less than a mile from our motel is the Heavenly Valley Gondola station, a lift that carries people 2. 4 miles up the mountain to a platform that is nearly 3,000 feet above Lake Tahoe. Operated by the Heavenly Valley Ski Resort, the gondola ride is fun of lifetime even it is not the skiing season.
After arranging our belongings in our room we are desperate to touch the blue water lake and drive out of our room. We are on the way to city beach and on the way we find one Indian Restaurant on Rt.50. Lunch buffet turns out a good one.
City beach is so nice and plenty of forested areas by the lake to roam around. Many locations to take pictures of the crystal clear Lake Tahoe and it is always incredible to see no one on the water during this beautiful season. The walking trails go up and down the beach. We spend two hours in this heavenly area and then drive again around the Lake. We find some wilderness area and designated trails leading to the water. We park our car and walk under the shade of dense spruce woods.
There are some other smaller lakes in this area. We visit Cascade Lake and Fallen Leaf lake.
Then we drive to the most famous scenic points around the Emerald Bay and arrive upon the lookout point. This lookout point is one of the only points where you can see the only island of Lake Tahoe. There is a tiny building that used to be a tea house in the early 1900s. Lake seems like a jewel from this height. Deep blue in the middle and then emerald at the edge of the bay. This is a spectacular scene and everybody is just spellbound upon seeing it.
About 15 miles from Stateline, we arrive upon the heaviest development around the lake. Here are several beaches – El Dorado, Regan and Pope—as well as Camp Richardson. Then there is famous Tallac Historic Site. Here we see several sprawling mansions built in the 19th century by some of America’s wealthiest families. The restored and maintained homes are open to the public for tours.
Taylor Creek Visitor Center, operated by the U. S. Forest Service, offers information about not only the Tallac Historic Site but is also home of the Stream Profile Chamber, an interpretive center that provides underwater views of Taylor Creek.
There are Floor-to-ceiling glass windows in a special, underground exhibit presents a one-of-a-kind view of the creek, which is home to trout, Kokanee Salmon, crayfish, frogs and a variety of water insects.
The center also hosts the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater, an outdoor stage where nature programs offered by the rangers. There are also several short trails that run through the area around the visitor center.
Again back on the road, again views are even more magnificent as road climbs through the mountains above the southwestern edge of the lake. At Eagle Falls, the road crosses over Eagle Falls and overlooks Emerald Bay, this is considered as one of the most photographed places in the country.
Ahead is D. L Bliss State Park, located a few miles from the turnout for Emerald Bay. Bliss Park is a perfect spot for viewing the clear, deep blue depths of Rubicon Bay.
Most spectacular is the route from Lake Tahoe to Sacramento.