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If you are looking for a relaxing family experience that brings you closer to nature, a great choice is the natural beauty that is Lake Tahoe. If you don’t know what this place, it is basically a freshwater lake that sites right in between the states of California and Nevada. In fact, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, making it a great tourist destination in general.

But Lake Tahoe isn’t just a tourist attraction – it is a great place to have a wholesome family vacation! To start with, there are a wide range of activities that you can do right on the lake itself. In the summer, you can go onto the lake itself in all sorts of manners, such as on a sailboat, a small kayak, and everything in between. Plus, there are other more adventurous activities for those in your family who are into them such as jet skiing, scuba diving, and even parasailing. And best of all is that all of this equipment is readily available for you to use with rental locations situated all over the lake itself.

Along the lake, there are also great trails to simply walk through and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the lake. These trails are suitable for both general hiking and bicycling as well, which means you have options as to how you want to traverse the lake. If you are really a fan of nature, or photography of said nature, going on these hiking trails is a definite must!

Now in the winter, things are a bit different since there is tons of snow and the lake is too cold for most activities. But Lake Tahoe is great because there are amazing slopes close to the lake itself, making it a fantastic ski location. If you’ve never skied or snowboarded before, you definitely can’t complain about going to Lake Tahoe for some skiing. The best part about skiing here is that you will typically get an amazingly beautiful view of Lake Tahoe down below. It is truly a gorgeous sight to see, and well worth it!

Because Lake Tahoe is situated in both California and Nevada, you can actually gamble in a few casinos if you make the “long” trek over to Nevada. Although this is not necessarily a family venture, it can be a great way to have some fun adult time with you and your spouse while the kids are resting or doing some other activity elsewhere (just don’t let it be the highlight of your family vacation!)

Overall, while the beauty of Lake Tahoe makes it a great tourist attraction, the wealth of various activities that you and your family can partake in are what make it a truly great vacation spot. And whether you go in the summer or in the winter, there are always plenty of activities, making Lake Tahoe a vacation spot that works all year round. In fact, you can (and should) make two trips to Lake Tahoe (once in the summer time and once in the winter time) in order to truly experience all that this iconic Lake has to offer!