Sausalito residents will tell you time and again how wonderful it is to live in the beautiful bayside city and have access within a few hours to some of the most sought after recreation and views in the world at Lake Tahoe. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and can spare a day or two to get out to the mountains, don’t miss out on the splendor of Lake Tahoe!
California’s Big Lake
Lake Tahoe is the 2nd deepest Alpine lake in North America, and is among the largest that you are likely to encounter in California. Straddling the border between California and Nevada, this lake has a diverse and interesting range of activities from watersports and outdoor recreation, to fine dining, wine tasting, and gambling available.
With over 200,000 square miles of total surface area and depths of 1500 feet in places, Lake Tahoe will take your breath away in scope as well as beauty. Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe makes the perfect vacation and adventure spot in both summer and winter.
Winter Sports in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is the most famous ski and snowboard area on the west coast of the United States for good reason. With more than 15 snow and ski resorts to choose from, and hundreds of miles of trails, terrain parks, and groomed runs, Lake Tahoe is the place ion Northern California to get out on the slopes. Cross country ski runs, alpine and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, lessons for all ages, and more can be found at any and all of the resorts along with fine dining, spas, and gambling establishments for the evening hours. If you are looking for winter sports in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is no easier or better place to head toward than the Lake Tahoe area!
Summer Fun in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is almost as much of a draw for Bay Area residents and visitors in the summer months because of the Lake itself and the many activities available in the surrounding mountains. With miles and miles of open fresh water to play with, skiers, boaters, fishermen, and water enthusiasts can spend days on the lake without having crossed the same spot twice. If you are in the mood for outdoor sports on the mountains, many of the winter ski slopes are converted into mountain bike runs and hiking trails for the summer. Take a run downhill on your bike and ride the chairlift back up in style!
Getting from Sausalito to Lake Tahoe
Finding your way from Sausalito to Lake Tahoe could not be any easier when you want to get out of town for a few days. Once you have worked your way around the north end of the San Francisco Bay toward Vallejo, you will take highway 80 east all the way to your destination. From the bay to the mountains in less than four hours makes this an easy trip!
One note: During peak traffic times and/or heavy traffic weekends (4th of July, Labor Day, etc.) traffic may back up along highway 80 and add time to your trip.