Lake Tahoe has repeatedly been voted one of the top places for a romantic getaway. It’s also one of the best places to pop the question–with a view of the big, blue lake in the distance. Most of the activities on this 10Best list are located outside and some activities are seasonal, but you can choose between summer’s parasailing over the North Shore or even wintertime tandem skydiving over Tahoe and the Carson Valley.
If you and your partner are hikers, visit the Emerald Bay area (one of the most picturesque places on the lake) and hike either down to Vikingsholm Castle or up into Desolation Wilderness. If you want to just sit on a beach and relax with a picnic and bottle of wine, check out Sand Harbor all times of the year. The beach is especially nice in the fall and winter when the summer crowds are gone and you can spend some time alone. For the ultimate in romance, check out the area’s natural hot springs–including the clothing-optional Sierra Hot Springs.
The Gondola at Heavenly is open during the winter for skiers and non-skiers and open all year long for visitors to the lake who want a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. The ticket to the top is a little pricey ($38), but you can stay at the top as long as you want. Each 8 passenger car leaves from Heavenly Village on the Southeast side of the lake and takes about 5-7 minutes to get to the top of the mountain. At the first stop you can get out and walk around on the platform. There are seats and some picnic tables as well. You can buy a ticket with a lunch voucher for the Tamarack Lodge at the top of the resort if you want to get something to eat or you can bring your own food to the first platform and just sit and enjoy the view. At the top of the mountain is a snow play area for children.