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‘You have a bunch of hungover 20-year-olds’: Locals sound off on Tahoe tourists

Amy Graff, SFGate
January 7, 2020

Straddling the California-Nevada border, the Lake Tahoe Basin is a renowned outdoor playground enjoyed by people from around the world. Tourists are drawn to its emerald forests, wild rivers and the impossibly blue lake forming a postcard-pretty setting in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. An estimated 24.4 million people enter the Tahoe Basin each year, according to a 2017 transportation study. The droves of tourists dwarf the population of some 70,000 year-round residents….

But while locals take advantage of the jobs in hotels and at restaurants that allow them to hit the slopes or go for a hike after work, some can’t help but get annoyed with the tourists who clog highways, pour down ski slopes and pack beaches.

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