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Located in the Sierra Nevada region along the state line of California and Nevada, spectacular Lake Tahoe is currently North America’s largest alpine mountain lake. The lake is estimated to be around two million years old (which groups it with the world’s 20 oldest lakes) and is considered to be one of its deepest. The freshwater lake is surrounded by stunning national forest land.
Thanks to year-round outdoor recreation, jaw-dropping natural beauty in every season, and highways providing easy access to the whole area, it’s no surprise that almost three million people visit North and South Lake Tahoe every year. It is divided between Placer County and El Dorado County in California, and Washoe County, Douglas County and the independent Carson City in Nevada. Search for an RV in Placer County, CA, or any of the neighboring counties to embark on a scenic journey to Lake Tahoe.
The abundant ski resorts are a major part of Lake Tahoe’s popularity. Winter sports enthusiasts will find tons of opportunities to go downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobile riding, or snow tubing throughout Tahoe. Most of the ski resorts in the region are on the northern end of Lake Tahoe near Truckee, CA, and Reno, NV. There are also popular resorts located on the southern side of the lake.
Bring hiking boots and mountain bikes on your motorhome camping trip to explore the numerous trails around Lake Tahoe, which vary in length and difficulty. The 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail circumnavigates the lake and is one of the area’s most famous routes. There are also great trails to be found west of the lake in Granite Chief Wilderness or southwest in Desolation Wilderness. Eagle Lake Trailhead and Flume Trail are popular nature treks, and surrounding the lake, there are many paved bike paths meandering through charming Tahoe communities.
Should you be a fan of water activities, an idyllic time to rent a camper near Lake Tahoe is during the late spring through early fall when the lake offers optimal conditions for swimming, fishing, and boating. Launch out on a leisurely cruise with a canoe, kayak or standup paddleboard, or maybe you’ll opt for parasailing and jet skiing. No problem if you’re not bringing a watercraft; there are rental locations all around Lake Tahoe. One of the best places for swimming is Sand Harbor Beach. Advanced scuba divers also flock to the lake to navigate its dramatic underwater world.
Recharge on your Lake Tahoe camping excursion with a relaxing outdoor picnic in the fresh mountain air with panoramic nature all around you. After a day of adventuring on the ski slopes or trails, quench your thirst with some Lake Tahoe tap water, which has been named the best-tasting drinking water in the United States.
Whether you’d like to camp in an RV near Lake Tahoe’s waterfront or be immersed in the forest, both the southern and northern regions offer a vast range of accommodations and convenient amenities for camping with either tents or full RV hookups. Lake Tahoe campgrounds are typically open from mid-May through mid-October.
There are more rustic camping destinations throughout Lake Tahoe, as well as more highly equipped RV parks featuring showers and restrooms, wireless internet, cable TV, and laundry. These campgrounds generally include pull-through sites with RV dump, water, electric, and sewer. Many of them allow pets on the premises, include pools, playgrounds, and other fun activities, and are close to stores, ski areas, city services, and main roads.
There are endless ways to stay entertained in the tourist-friendly region around Lake Tahoe. You’ll find a wide variety of dining options, including farmers’ markets, cafes, and lakefront restaurants. History buffs will discover numerous sites, including old mansions like Vikingsholm Castle, plus tons of fantastic museums. Unwind by doing some tasting at a winery or brewery, play a round at a golf course, wander art galleries, or see a Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival performance in an outdoor amphitheater.
This is a great region for experiencing some of the adrenal-pumping sports competitions happening year-round. Should you be traveling here in August, check out the annual Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance, which is one of the most prestigious wooden boats shows in the country. You might want to try your luck at the several lakeside casino resorts, which are located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, where gambling is legal.
Make some memories by watching a firework show over the lake, booking a guided sunset cruise along the water, or taking photos from Cave Rock Vista Point, a sacred site of the native Washoe Indians with great views of the landscape. Stock up on food, supplies, and gas at a local marina, hop in your new RV rental and continue exploring this magnificent region. All kinds of urban experiences are within a short distance of Lake Tahoe, which is just thirty minutes from Carson City, NV, about an hour from Reno, NV, and not far from Sacramento, CA.