Dive into fun at Lake Tahoe with swimming in sparkling blue water

Summer Fun in Lake Tahoe

A wealth of new developments keeps this ski destination rocking even after the last snow has melted


"At last the lake burst upon us - a noble sheet of blue water lifted 6,300 feet above the level of the sea and walled in by a rim of snow-clad mountain peaks that towered aloft full 3,000 feet higher still.... I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords."

So wrote the usually cynical Mark Twain about his first visit to Lake Tahoe in 1861. While the scenery remains just as spectacular as it was more than 150 years ago, a lot has changed since the days Twain camped on the deserted shores of the lake eating salt pork.

Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border of California and Nevada about a three-hour drive northeast from San Francisco, has come alive with new offerings in luxury lodging, fine dining, and recreational activities over the past several years. While the ski resorts saw the initial investments, the focus of Lake Tahoe development has now shifted to summertime, with major new offerings on the beachfront, in golf, and in hiking and biking adventures on the nearby mountains and at the shores along the 72-mile circumference of the lake.

Click here to read about some of the best new or improved summer attractions scattered along Lake Tahoe's popular northern and southern shores that might have impressed even the famously grumpy Mr. Twain.

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