© North Lake Tahoe / Jeff Dow

Watersports on North America’s largest alpine lake.

Travel + Leisure
May 18, 2012

Learn to sail—or brush up on your skills—on this clear blue alpine lake. Ringed by 72 miles of shoreline, the scenic spot offers a host of water-based activities (such as sailing, fishing, kayaking), plus lots of opportunities to recharge, such as fresh-seafood restaurants and laid-back accommodations.

Sailing Ventures

Sailing Ventures, based in Carson City, offers everything from a two-hour dip-your-toes-in to five-day certification courses aboard 22- to 32-foot sailboats. Don’t fall in—Tahoe is the second-deepest lake in the country.

Blue Water Bistro

Sit right over the lake and watch the sun set over the bouillabaisse or the sake-steamed clams with cilantro-lime butter.

Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina

This knotty-pine heaven right on the lakefront (complete with a beach and its own marina and restaurant) includes 41 cabins (rented by the week) and 26 cheerfully retro rooms in the circa 1926 lodge.

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