Lake Tahoe #4 Best Place to Visit in California
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Lake Tahoe is ranked as:
#3 in Best Ski Destinations in the USA
#3 in Best Golf Destinations
#4 in Best Places to Visit in California
#5 in Best Adventure Vacations in the USA
#5 in Best Small Towns to Visit in the USA
#6 in Best Ski Destinations
#13 in Best Spring Vacations
#14 in Best Fall Getaways
#17 in Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
The best times to visit Lake Tahoe are from March to May and from September to November, but the area welcomes visitors throughout the year thanks to the wide variety of attractions and activities. With warmer weather comes beachcombers: In July and August, Tahoe's shores are lined with oversized umbrellas and sun-drenched kids. There's a small break in tourist activity during the fall, but as the temperatures decline, visitors re-emerge with skis in hand, ready to tackle the powder. Traveling in March or November specifically will allow you to experience the area at a fraction of the price.
This massive lake spans almost 200 square miles. To get the most out of your visit, choose an area and stay there – you can always come back for more.
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It's cold- even in the middle of summer, Lake Tahoe's waters can feel like ice. If you're swimming, make sure to take frequent breaks to warm up.