Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada
A million years ago, Ice Age glaciers scoured the earth between the Sierra Nevada and Carson Ridge to form what would become Lake Tahoe. Today, Royal Holiday members have the opportunity to enjoy some of America’s famed national beauty at the largest and – at 6,223 feet above sea level – highest Alpine lake in North America. Fed by 63 streams and containing nearly 40 trillion gallons of water, Lake Tahoe sits on the border between Nevada and California and is surrounded by resort cities and tourist destinations. A region famed for its winter sports and summer activities alike, Lake Tahoe has everything that a dedicated naturalist needs. The resort is perfect for Royal Holiday members looking to unplug and unwind.
As the Royal Holiday affiliate in the region, Tahoe Summit Village is located on Sierra Nevada’s eastern crest in Stateline, Nevada, a short drive from South Lake Tahoe and adjacent to California and Nevada’s largest ski resort, Heavenly Mountain. Offering astounding views of Carson Valley and some of the best slopes in the region right in its backyard, Tahoe Summit Village offers a comfortable home base for ski bunnies and lodge loungers alike. Its Royal Suites include a full slate of modern amenities, including hot tubs, fireplaces, and laundry machines, while the hotel itself provides everything from a swimming pool and spa to on-site gaming and exercise facilities.
For many diehard skiers, “Lake Tahoe” is synonymous with winter sports. The site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Lake Tahoe has some of the best ski resorts in the country. Royal Holiday members can enjoy a full range of activities through Heavenly Ski Resort. The resort’s main feature is its 97 trails, which are accessible by 29 chairlifts. However, Lake Tahoe offers much more than skiing, snow tubing, or snowshoeing.
Visitors to Lake Tahoe have a wide variety of activities to choose from. While the sports-focused resorts cater to skiing experts, they also offer any number of mechanical assistants, including snowmobile tours that meander through the mountains surrounding the lake. Others may seek out a bird’s eye view, either through a hot air balloon ride over the lake or a helicopter tour through the Sierra Nevada. While the lake’s waters do not warm up too much over the summer – averaging at 68 degrees Fahrenheit even in August – water sports like boating, kayaking, and scuba diving, as well as beautiful bicycling and hiking trails in the surrounding valleys and mountains, ensure that Lake Tahoe remains a popular destination for Royal Holiday members even in the warmer months. No matter what the time of year, no visit to a lake is complete without a trip to the natural hot springs, with their relaxing waters and astounding views of the Sierra Nevada.
Royal Holiday members seeking entertainment off the mountain will find everything they may desire in South Lake Tahoe, which features a vibrant nightlife and shopping opportunities that can compete with the biggest cities in the region. The restaurant scene in South Lake Tahoe offers a wide range of culinary options and a variety of arcades, jazz clubs, and theaters that provide endless family fun. People interested in games of chance will find many opportunities for gambling in the city, as well, with casinos like Calneva and Harrah’s Tahoe bringing Las Vegas-style excitement to the Lake.