In 1871, Mark Twain wrote of this alpine lake surrounded by granite peaks, “As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords.”
Not everyone can describe the lake so poetically, but they can surely appreciate its beauty in equal measure.
Many think of the lake as a wintertime retreat, and indeed it’s home to world-class skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling and sleigh rides in the cold season. But it’s equally enticing in the spring, summer and fall, when it’s an ideal spot for paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking and gondola rides.
Plus, nature isn’t its only selling point; the lake is located along California’s border with Nevada, and on the Nevada side offers legal gaming in splashy casino-resorts.