The term "North Shore" tends to evoke terms like scenic, upscale, and peaceful, and the north shore of Lake Tahoe stands proudly alongside those of Long Island and Oahu as exemplars of this trend.
Where South Lake Tahoe was once the center of the region's activity, the action has started to shift north, with many of the area's major seasonal events taking place this side of the blue. A small-town feel still prevails, as does a pristine natural beauty that keeps North Lake Tahoe on the radar of scientists and conservationists as well as visitors.
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Situated on Kings Beach, North Tahoe Watersports has the equipment for every water sport you'd ever want to try (pedal boats, kayaks, Jet Skis) and some you didn't even know existed (aqua-cycle trikes?!).
Sunny Sand Harbor is one of North Lake Tahoe's most popular beaches. But even if you have to spend some time competing for the perfect spot with fellow sunbathers, the panoramic views from this 55-acre stretch of sand can't be missed. With a fishing license (available online from $18), you can try out one of the region's premier sports as well.
Channel Lucy and Ethel with one of Tahoe City's newest traditions, September's Tahoe City Grape Stomp. Grapes are donated from Vina Castellano winery in nearby Auburn — part of the Gold Country wine region located in the same county as Tahoe — which will also be pouring wines for tastings at the event.
The much-anticipated SnowFest, held in early March, is like North Tahoe's very own Winter Olympics. All things winter are honored with a 10-day celebration featuring events both athletic (Rahlves' Bansai freestyle skiing competition) and ... not-so-athletic (an ice cream eating contest and a barbecue rib cookout).