General Lake Tahoe Questions and Answers:

Our family of five will be traveling to Reno / Lake Tahoe in July and
staying at the Squaw Valley Resort. My wife and I have traveled to the
area twice before, and have taken the 3 1/2 - 4 hour drive to the Big Tree
State Park in Arnold CA.
Is there a closer park where our kids can see these beautiful trees?

One of the great places to see the giant redwoods is in the
Humboldt National Forest.  Still a couple hours' drive, but BEAUTIFUL.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park is a great place to see the big trees.   Here's a
great website for more info:  http://www.humboldtredwoods.org/

When you're in Squaw Valley, be sure to stop at the Squeeze In Restaurant in
historic downtown Truckee for breakfast.  They were featured in the February
issues of National Geographic Adventure and in Powder Magazine too, as well as
the San Francisco Chronicle in March.

Finally, Reno is only about a half hour from Truckee the kids would enjoy a visit to
the Great Basin Adventure and Museum near downtown (a true desert and
mining town type experience).   For lunch in Reno, try EJ's Jazz Cafe on the river
walk in downtown.  Have a great visit in Tahoe!  

What is Lake Tahoe like and where is it located?

Lake Tahoe is located on the California-Nevada border and it is a brilliantly blue
lake nestled among rugged mountain peaks.  There are towering casinos on the
Nevada side of the lake and the north shore of the lake has numerous ski resorts.

What kind of ski areas surround Lake Tahoe?

The Lake is surrounded by ski areas including:  Alpine Meadows - a large family
friendly resort.  Heavenly - with 28 ski lifts many consider this the best all around
resort.  Kirkwood - popular with snowboarders and a local favorite.  Squaw
Valley USA - a world class resort that played host to the 1960 Winter Olympics.

What is there to do in the summer?

During the summer, you can enjoy the nice beaches along Emerald Bay Rd, rent a
canoe or kayak from Ski Run Boat Company or follow one of many good hiking
and biking trails.  You can pick up maps at the USFS Visitor Center near the
Tallac Historic Site.

Where are some good places to stay?

If you're budget minded, there are many motels that line Hwy 50, from Stateline
west to the junction with Hwy 89 which is an area that although is commercial is
removed from all the casino activity.  If you do prefer the big hotels, many of them
also have ski packages like Caesar's Tahoe and the Tahoe Sunset Lodge.

What is the transportation situation like?

Most commercial flights fly out of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.  The
Tahoe Casino Express runs shuttles between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and
South Lake Tahoe casinos.

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