History & Culture
If you want to understand Lake Tahoe, you start with the lake — big, blue, impossibly beautiful, and surrounded by some of the most scenic mountains and wilderness areas in the world. Though it’s had a rough Wild West history (ask a member of the Donner Party for details), Tahoe is perfectly situated to be a playground for the outdoor-obsessed. It’s the local ski hill for the San Francisco Bay Area, but it’s also an international destination for winter sports enthusiasts staying for weeks or months in condos, second homes, and luxury resorts. In the summer, a similar crowd takes to the rivers, hiking and biking trails, and the waters of that big blue lake for every conceivable kind of outdoor fun. Lake Tahoe is a big place — it’s 72 miles around the lake, and different towns and full-blown cities on that circuit each have their own vibe. On either side of the state line, at every altitude, Lake Tahoe is home to laid-back people who are happy to be in one of the most beautiful places on earth.