If you want to witness one of the greatest light shows around, just toss your head back and watch the night sky for a while. But since light pollution has made naked-eye star gazing in the urban areas a bit difficult, you have to head to the hinterlands (and by that, we mean Tahoe) to get a better look.
One great place is Northstar California resort, just outside Truckee, where a slew of star-gazing tours will take place on a weekly basis through the end of the summer.
Lots of folks come to Tahoe to simply chill. But if you want to add a little zest to your getaway, check out the Adventure Sports Week, which returns to the north shore of Big Blue from June 15-24.
The centerpiece of the 10-day celebration is the series of competitions -- which includes trail running, mountain biking, stand-up paddle-boarding, triathlons and swimming -- that are geared for both the seasoned professional and the beginning weekend warrior.
Lake Tahoe and its surroundings are resplendent with geological wonders and biological diversity to boot. A visitor can get a sample of Tahoe's natural bounty by car or bike, but to get an authentic taste of Tahoe, to savor Big Blue in all its glory, it's best to put on a pair of trail shoes or hiking boots and explore it by foot.
Mountain bike aficionados and historians can– and will –debate about whether their sport was invented on the slopes of Marin's Mt. Tamalpais or in the mountains surrounding Crested Butte, Colorado.
But no can argue that some of California's best mountain bike terrain–with iconic rides like the Flume Trail and superb lift-serviced park trails at Northstar–can be found in the Lake Tahoe region.
The following are five rides, ranging from mellow to gnarly, that give off-road cyclists a sense of what Tahoe has to offer.
No doubt, plenty of you will be heading to Tahoe this upcoming long weekend. If you're heading towards North Lake, you're in luck because the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe will be party central during Memorial Day weekend when the area conducts its annual summer kickoff extravaganza, Opening Day at the Lake.
Although outdoor recreation in the Lake Tahoe area is more synonymous with skiing and snowboarding in the winter and boating in the summer, the roadways that provide access to the basin are great for epic two-wheeled adventures. Here are five rides that are the perfect slice of what the region has to offer, starting with the most mellow and ending with a circumnavigation of Big Blue itself.
George Whittell Jr., the scion of two prominent and wealthy Gold Rush-era families, was known to San Franciscans of an earlier age for a number of eccentricities, such as collecting exotic animals and driving his open-air roadster around town with his pet lion, Bill, as his co-pilot.
Instead of a store-bought card and a handful of roses, why not treat Mom to some delightful comestibles and luxurious pampering this Sunday? And what better place to treat Mother on her day than along or near the shores of Lake Tahoe?