Lake Tahoe
The mountain setting that makes Tahoe so beautiful also creates a need for caution. Keep an eye on the weather in winter, especially when driving. Roads can close for a time, and you should always have a full tank of gas and carry snow chains; pay attention to the road signs and listen out for radio advisories; drive slowly and never brake suddenly. Finally, watch out for snow plows! Summers are hot and bring beautiful rain storms and possibly cool nights, so pack appropriate attire. Keep in mind that you are at an elevation of 6,000–10,000 feet, so if you are undertaking strenuous outdoor activities you need to pace yourself, bring water, and always tell someone where you are going and what you are doing.