South Lake Tahoe, California
Almost 64,000 acres filled with 100-plus alpine lakes, lots of trout, granite peaks, and miles of trails for day hiking and backpacking. Permit required for day use (free, available at most trailheads) and overnight use (from $5, available at the Pacific Ranger District, 530/647-5415).
22 miles south of Tahoe City on State 89
South Lake Tahoe, CA