Kayaks in Lake Tahoe, California.
This state park offers all the ingredients for a great family trip to the mountains. For starters, there’s the beach at Calawee Cove, with its gently sloped sand, crystal-clear water, and rounded granite boulders that make for sublime swimming. There’s also the famous Rubicon Trail, a 16.4-mile path that meanders along the lakeshore, offering postcard-worthy views of rocky inlets, sandy covers, and boats bobbing in turquoise water. Those wanting to hike should know that there are plenty of shorter walks as well, including the quick trip to Balancing Rock, a 130-ton boulder that sits precariously on a small rock pedestal. The park even has family-style campsites with hot showers and clean restrooms should you wish to spend the night.