Lake Tahoe, Reno
Surrounded by mountains, the present day lake sits in a valley at an elevation of 6,229 feet. It is the highest lake of its size in the United States. It is the third deepest lake in North America and the tenth deepest lake in the world.
Lake Tahoe is 22 miles in length and 12 miles in width and covers a surface area of 191 square miles. The consistently beautiful shoreline is 71 miles, with the California shoreline being 42 miles and the Nevada shoreline being 29 miles.
The first humans to enjoy the Lake Tahoe Basin were the Native American culture group know as the Washoe. The discovery of stone artifacts and projectile points confirms the Washoes presence 10,00 years ago.
The first recorded sighting of Lake Tahoe by a non-Native American was by John C. Fremont in February of 1844.
In 1859 the Comstock Lode was discovered in Virginia City, Nevada. During the 1860s Tahoe became the center of a lively commerce involving the silver mines in Virginia City and the Central Pacific Railroad, which was pushing over the Sierra toward the town of Truckee.
By the 1890s Lake Tahoe had become a popular retreat for the wealthy from San Francisco, Sacramento and Virginia City. At this point in history the only industry that showed promise was tourism, so the rush began to build resorts.
Lake Tahoe is a quick diversion from Reno, being only 30 to 60 minutes away depending on your destination. Here you have gambling, skiing, boating, beaches, and more.
Lake Tahoe itself is 1,645 ft deep, America's second deepest lake, behind only Crater Lake in Oregon. Annual precipitation ranges from 55 inches to 26 inches depending on the location around the lake, making for excellent ski conditions.
Just over 1/2 the lake is in California while the rest of the lake is in Nevada. When crossing the border into Nevada, you will notice a bunch of casinos and such. Kind of spoils the scenic beauty of the lake!
This beautiful lake is only about an hours drive from Reno, in good weather. If a winter storm is blowing through, it will take longer and unless you have a strong need to ski you might be better off waiting for the skies to clear. In addition to pure majestic scenery, Lake Tahoe offers some of the best recreational opportunities available.
The mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe are great for hiking and camping in the summer. In the winter the area offers some fantastic skiing. Skiing here is worth it for the views alone.
Casinos in Stateline and North Shore offer twenty-four hour gambling and some great live shows. However, Reno is still a better bet for gambling as there is more competition among the casinos and thus the games offered tend to be better. The table minimums tend to be a bit higher in Lake Tahoe as well.
To get to the South Shore, take Highway 395-South from Reno and then cut over to Highway 50-West. To get to the North Shore, take Highway 80-East from Reno to Truckee. From Truckee cut over either Highway 89 or 267 depending on your final destination. Another scenic option for going to the North Shore in good weather is to take Highway 395-South from Reno and then take Highway 431, also known as the Mt. Rose Road. If you venture to Lake Tahoe in the winter, be sure to carry tire chains.
When I stayed in Reno it was going to be expensive to hire a car just for a day. So instead I booked a ticket on a day tour to Lake Tahoe.
Whoa... have I for ever regretted that.
The Lake Tahoe tour started at 8am. By 12 noon we were leaving Lake Tahoe heading for Carson City and Virginia City.
And the only reason we were going elsewhere was I felt to be taken gambling. Utter crap it was. I never felt so cheated in my life.
It was cheap though for a day tour. So what could I do but say buyer beware. The guide though was a nice guy.
a visit to beautiful Lake Tahoe
summer or winter lots to do and see. From skiing and snowboarding to horsebackriding, playing golf or a cruse on the lake.