For a great view of the city (especially at night) go to the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris. It also offers a great vantage point for viewing the water show at the Bellagio.
For a different take on Bass Lake history, read Hells Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson. A good read on the Wild Western.
The lodge that was stayed in was beyond my expectations! Beautiful! Make sure you check out the lodge's hot tub (breathtaking view) and the ice bar!