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Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest alpine lake and not only for its famed mediterranean-esque tones but how monumentally stunning the region really is.

This network of Nevada state parks is great to be summed up after a blissful day with the pristine beaches of Sand Harbor, or peak your historical buff with the ancient past of Cave Rock and Tahoe ‘s earliest inhabitants, or you are searching for trails at Spooner Backcountry and Marlette Lake. Here are five of the best things to do while on your trip to this amazing destination.

1. Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, NV 2010
Source: Don Graham/Flickr

The most stunning beach in Tahoe Lake is called Sand Harbor. The lake is in the Lake Tahoe National Park on the Nevada side of the lake. A tiny museum and shop are situated on the beach, restrooms, showers, parking facilities, a boat rush, picnic tables and barbecues, and plenty of golden sand to bring a towel and a parasol. There are places around the beach with rocks on which you can climb.

2. D.L. Bliss State Park

D. L. Bliss State Park beach
Source: Mark Doliner/Flickr

D.L. Bliss State Park is situated on the West Side of Lake Tahoe just a few miles from Emerald Bay. It is a large and family friendly campground, consisting of several hundred hectares of granite mountains and pine forests. Lester Beach is one of the most scenic beaches on the lake at the bottom of this park. .L. admission and parking costs   is about $8, but for day users and campers a lot of parking is open.

3. Donner Lake

Donner July 2018
Source: Reverendlukewarm/Flickr

A short ride west of the town of Truckee, Calif., this magnificent Lagoon is north of Lake Tahoe. The lake is perfect to swim, snorkel, kayak, sail and fishery. The North of the lake provides free public docks, a marina with fee park on the West and cabins and condos for sale in Donner Lake Village Resort.

4. Mount Tallac

A Wintery Mt. Tallac
Source: John Cook-Fisher/Flickr

The Tallac Mountain is one of Tahoe’s highest mountains at a height of 9.735 feet and a long 11,6 mile climb from the Glen Alpine Trailhead, at 6.500 feet. The views are nevertheless important. Free parking is accessible on the trail and a toilet. You must bring water and food for your own sake. On the way up you get the views from the Fallen Leaf Pool, over crumpled granite and loose rock & shale. The way will lead you to Gilmore and Cathedral Lake, two smaller mountain lakes.

5. The Tahoe Rim Trail

Hope Valley from Tahoe Rim Trail
Source: John Cook-Fisher/Flickr

The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the leading trails in the world and traces the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. It covers 2 states (California and Nevada), six counties, 1 state park, 3 national forests and 3 areas of wilderness. This magnificent path is 165 miles of multifunctional one-way road that runs up to the summit on Lake Tahoe. Hiking and cycling are legal in the trail and the area throughout the State Park of Lake Tahoe Nevada with the exception of the wilderness, mountain biking is legal on the trail.

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