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Lying just west of Carson City, Nevada, and extending across the state line into California, is the beautiful Lake Tahoe. It is not only the largest alpine lake in North America but also one of the clearest lakes in the world. The majestic 440-mile Sierra Nevada mountain range surrounds Lake Tahoe, making it a popular destination year-round. Scenic vistas, 70 miles of shoreline, cultural events, art galleries, restaurants, resort areas, and pet-friendly accommodations create endless options for the perfect weekend getaway or a much-deserved extended vacation.

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1. South Lake Tahoe

The city of South Lake Tahoe sits at the southern end of Lake Tahoe. It connects with Sacramento, CA, and Carson City, NV, by U.S. 50, a major east-west highway. The western end of the city is residential, and the east end is a popular tourist destination. Travelers have the option of staying in upscale resorts, or in comfortable inns, hotels, or motels, some of which offer pet-friendly rooms. Private campgrounds are also available. In the winter, South Lake Tahoe offers a wide range of winter sports activities including snowmobile tours, tobogganing, sledding, cross country skiing, and sleigh rides. Hiking, fly fishing, biking, paddleboarding, and parasailing are popular warm-weather activities. Most visitors fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport, then rent a car at the airport or jump on one of the daily South Tahoe Express shuttles to Lake Tahoe.

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