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If you're looking for a summer vacation with mountain fresh air and mild temperatures, then Lake Tahoe is the place for you. The average summer temperatures are in the 70s and 80s. Tahoe is known for its clear blue water and beautiful mountains surrounding the alpine lake some 4,500 miles above sea level. The lake's western shore in California offers several activities for summer vacationers. From Tahoe City down to Emerald Bay, the west side has lodging, restaurants, boating, kayaking, boat cruises, swimming, hiking, rafting and tours of historic sites.
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Rafting and boat cruises are also popular activities in Tahoe City. You can take a leisurely, self guided raft down the Truckee River. The trip is a five mile float down the river ending up at the River Run restaurant. About half way down the river along the shore is an ice cream vendor. This stop is a nice break and provides a cool treat on a summer afternoon. You [link widoczny dla zalogowanych] can also enjoy a nice meal along the river at the restaurant at the end of your trip. From the restaurant you can take a bus back to your car on highway 89. There are two different rafting companies on highway 89 offering rentals.
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