© North Lake Tahoe / Jeff Dow

Watersports on North America’s largest alpine lake.

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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