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1. Lake Tahoe
The largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe is 1,645 feet deep and 72 miles around. While the lake is clear and blue, the area is best known for the snow-capped mountains that surround the waters. In the winter, the ski resorts are the main attraction. But, in the summer, visitors boat, swim, and fish in the snow-fed lake or hike the hundreds of miles of trails around it. Just under two hours from Sacramento, Tahoe is a popular getaway for Northern Californians. On the Nevada side of the border, the casinos are also a hot attraction.

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