Lake Tahoe: From Gold Mine to Mountain Getaway

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Lake Tahoe, located in the mountains of Northern California, is 22 miles long and 12 miles wide. Its surface area of 121 square miles creates 72 miles of coastline around the lake — and room for countless travel opportunities among the natural beauty that almost led it to become a National Park. In addition to that, and due to special interest groups like the timber industry, the land eventually became one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

If you’re thinking about taking a trip, the best things to do in Lake Tahoe can depend on the time of year. Lake Tahoe has its advantages for summer and winter. This might be why people keep coming back, sometimes multiple times a year, to enjoy every season in this town that was originally founded during California’s Gold Rush.

Lake Tahoe has a state line drawn through it, and in both Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe has been a refuge for millions of people throughout history. Nowadays, Tahoe is where people go for amazing skiing, boating, and a love of the outdoors. Just how did this popular place go from gold mines to a luxury vacation spot? Here, we’ll walk you through it.