Lake Tahoe is a tourist spot to avoid, says Fodor’s Travel guide

A week before Tahoe resorts opened for the winter and invited skiers and boarders up to enjoy an unexpected early season snowfall, Fodor’s Travel came out with its own recommendation: Don’t go.

“Lake Tahoe has a people problem,” noted the guide. “Amid the pandemic and the great migration, there was an influx of people moving to the mountains, as well as people with second homes in the area coming to live in Tahoe permanently. And it’s caused traffic along the lake to crawl, as well as kept trails and beaches packed.”

The upshot, in addition to gridlock from Truckee to Tahoe City, is that particle pollution is seeping into the lake and murking up the cobalt blue waters that are a main attraction. A partial solution would involve decreasing automobile traffic around the lake, and that is why Fodor’s is begging people not to go.

“Improving Tahoe’s traffic conditions will reduce this pollution source,” the guide states, “and alleviate the stress and strain of travel in Tahoe.”

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