Lake Tahoe is one of my family's favorite places to spend a vacation. The summer weather is perfect. Warm days and cool nights are a welcome respite from the summer heat we deal with at home. The lake and surrounding mountains never cease to captivate. Although I'm sure the local teenagers sit around complaining that they're bored, there's so much to do there—hiking, boating, mountain biking, rafting—that we never have enough time to get it all in. Then, there are the buffets. I have to hike every day I'm there just to make sure I don't put on 20 lbs. in the week I usually stay there.
Mount Tallac is my favorite hike in the Tahoe area. Start early in the day and watch the sun rise over the lake and make sure you're down early because thunderstorms are frequent and can be deadly. Get caught in one and you'll make sure it never happens again. Getting down early also ensures that you can hit the buffet before the lines get too long.