Lake Tahoe is the second-deepest lake in the United States (and the entire world at its elevation of 6,228 feet). The bottom depth is measured at 1,645 feet deep in Crystal Bay near Kings Beach. With such a deep floor the lake has some unique attributes: Its colors shift to play off the sky's hue, it never freezes and, sometimes, the waves get so big you can surf, especially if surfing from Tahoe City. Lake Tahoe offers a full spectrum of fun that initiates in Tahoe City or the West or North Shore and spreads out from this center point. Lake Tahoe is friendly to all boaters, whether by paddle or motor. It also offers excellent water skiing in the early morning hours. There is an excellent water trail that is 72 miles in distance and is presented in a seven-day adventure by paddleboard or kayak. This may be the best way to see the lake, as you are able to intimately know its miniature coves and small beaches that larger boats can't get to. If you would rather see the lake from the shore, there is a great paved bike path that is wonderful for walking, biking, rollerskating and skateboarding. Lake Tahoe is also a romantic place, especially around Tahoe City. There are a multitude of gourmet restaurants that frame the shoreline as well as a cemented bike path that is superb for strolling and enjoying the sunset. Swimming is also a refreshing activity in Lake Tahoe, especially for those who don't care about cold water. Some of the easier beaches for swimming lie in Tahoe City, the North Shore near Kings Beach and on the West Shore near Sunnyside Restaurant.
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