Nestled at the edge of the green forests of northern California and the desert of Nevada, Lake Tahoe splits two worlds adding to the beauty of its location.

The drive to the lake, no matter which direction you are coming from, is a sight that cannot be explained with words.

Beautiful redwoods tower over you making you feel less than worthy to be in their presence.

As you twist and turn your way up the mountain, you finally reach a point where the vastness of the lake becomes visible.

The lake is a whopping 22 miles from north to south and 12 miles wide, with a total of 72 miles of shoreline.

If that does not blow your mind, the beauty of the lake will!

We drove from San Francisco, therefore, the route we took brought us from the southwest part of the lake. As soon as we arrived at the lake, this was the first glance we got (see Figure 1).

This portion of the lake is a cove called Emerald Bay. We kept driving past Emerald Bay about 15 minutes to arrive at Sugar Pine Point State Park, which is a small stretch of beach with nearby lodging.

Finally reaching the beach, we were amazed to see such clear (and blue) waters; it was like nothing we had ever seen before.

Upon first entering the water, it will take your breath away.

Even during the summer months, the water averages 50-60 °F, which can take some getting used to.

Being from North Carolina, we are used to the water being in the upper 80s during the summer months, so it was a surprise to say the least!

Once we were able to get in a get used to the temperature, it was time to pull out our snorkel masks to explore.

What we found was a lot of rocks and large sediment, which play a role in keeping the water clear and not murky. Although there was little to no life in this part of the water, the snorkeling was still amazing.

Check out some of the photos to see how clear and beautiful the water is!

We spent most of the day snorkeling and lounging on the beach taking in the breathtaking scenery.

The mountain range in the background along with the clear waters just gave us a sense of peace and tranquility that you rarely find.

If you are looking for more things to do besides snorkeling, you are in LUCK!

Just up the shore from where we were (we stayed at the southern most point of the beach), maybe a quarter mile, was a pier where you could rent kayaks, paddle boards, and floats.

There may have been more stuff, but we did not go check it out.

If you are looking for a place to go for the day and hang out or activities, then Sugar Pine Point is the perfect place…or anywhere on Lake Tahoe for that matter would be the perfect place.

You really can’t find a more amazing and beautiful place to spend the day or longer; we plan to go back and spend a week there exploring the mountains and all that this beautiful place has to offer.

To see our full day and some of the beautiful footage we were able to get while traveling to Lake Tahoe and snorkeling, check out this video!

Travel to Lake Tahoe, USA

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