Lake Tahoe is one of the few ski destinations the world that is just as popular (if not more popular) in the summertime. The lake itself is the second deepest in the U.S. (which makes for some chilly swimming conditions) and is set against a backdrop of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. It's popular with boaters of all types, and there are both rocky and sandy beaches. The hiking in this region is some of the best anywhere. Also on offer: concerts, casinos (on the South Shore in Nevada), beautiful sunsets, fishing, picnicking, and crayfish catching.
Oyster's Pick for Where to Stay: Franciscan Lakeside Lodge Lake Tahoe