Mark Twain declared it "the fairest picture the whole earth affords." Surrounded by the imperious peaks of the Sierra Nevada, its waters soak up the colors of the sky and the mountains, creating a kaleidoscope of sparkling blues, greens, and purples. But the view is only a fraction of Tahoe's enchantments. In the Summertime boating and hiking await. During Winter, there’s world class skiing, snowmobiling and ice skating. Year round activities include shopping, gambling, eating from fine restaurants, and simply taking in the scenery.