California is filled with some of the best destinations, so choosing the perfect getaway locale can be overwhelming. One city offers a variety of attractions, ski resorts and snow parks, making it the perfect winter destination. For those who love the California sun, Lake Tahoe offers just as many opportunities for outdoor fun during the summer months.
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Tahoe during winter
In the winter, thousands of skiers fill the city for its ski resorts. South and North Lake Tahoe have several resorts but choose wisely as lift tickets can get pricey.
A one-day ticket at Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar cost a little over $100. Need a refresher course or first-time instructions? Northstar offers lessons and equipment rental. If you want to save some money, head over to Homewood Mountain Resort or Diamond Peak Resort. We found lift tickets for under $65.
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Now the city isn’t just for skiers. It’s also family-friendly. If you plan on staying in South Tahoe, there are several snow parks where families could have fun without spending a fortune. Adventure Mountain, located at the top of Echo Summit is open seven days a week December through April. The park has 15 sledding runs and offers sled and tube rentals.
But if you’re looking for something more adventurous, there’s dog sledding, an activity that will have you and your family riding through the white covered hills of Tahoe. However, make sure you book in advance due to the unpredictable weather. Also, some businesses close during the weekdays so that the dogs can rest.
Speaking of furry friends, this city is extremely pet-friendly. A popular dog park is Bijou Park located in South Tahoe. The park has two separate areas for small and large dogs.
Tahoe during summer
If you’d rather skip the cold weather and head to Tahoe during the summer, the city still has plenty to offer.
Both North and South Tahoe are right near the lake making it easy to take a boat ride or rent a jet ski. But if you’re not ready to take on the lake alone, we found jet ski tours. Emerald Bay offers a two-hour guided tour for $225. The city is also filled with great hiking and biking trails for those who love the outdoors. A popular trail is Tahoe Trim Rail, a 165-mile trail that travels along the entire lake.
There are also great restaurants in Lake Tahoe. If you’re looking for a good home breakfast in South Tahoe, head to Heidi’s Family Restaurant. Don’t let the outdated décor fool you; this restaurant has the best breakfast in town.
Another great find in North Tahoe is Rosies Café. This small restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it’s literally across the street from the lake. Seafood lovers should also check out Sushi Pier, which is located in Stateline, Nevada. This restaurant has an all-you-can-eat lunch menu for $22.95, while dinner is $29.95. Just make sure you arrive early to avoid the long wait.
But no matter what shore you pick, or which season you arrive, both North and South Tahoe have something unique to offer.
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