At the north end, the park blends into Tahoe State Recreation Area, with right-on-the-lake campsites.
The adjacent public pier makes a great place to cannonball into Lake Tahoe.
On Tahoe’s south shore, Heavenly—one of the world’s biggest ski resorts—offers jaw-dropper lake views from runs as wide and bump free as freeways.
Family time at the lake is a summertime staple for many Californians, and cabins, condos, and traditional lodgings—as well as a handful of campgrounds—offer an array of places to stay.The town is home to museums and historical landmarks managed by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, and a visit to any one of them adds insights into how this town has evolved from frontier outpost to an appealing enclave of shops, boutiques, lakefront restaurants, and private estates.Lakefront Commons Beach provides acres of room to spread out and relax, hear a concert in summer, and let the kids clamber on a mini-climbing wall.Winter and springtime snow lets you carve it up at world-class alpine resorts.Summer brings out the water toys—sailboats, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and almost anything that floats. But no matter what the season, this is the kind of place that makes you plan the next trip back before you even leave.Or try your hand at standup paddle boarding (SUP); South Tahoe Standup Paddle’s Rise & Shine Morning Tour takes all levels of paddlers out on the calm, flat morning waters (keep your eyes peeled for resident bald eagles).