Lake Tahoe, which sits on the California-Nevada state line, is among the hottest locations within the western United States, and with good purpose. The huge lake is stunningly lovely and crystal-clear, the encircling mountains are a winter sports activities heaven, and the alpine forests between the 2 make for a hiker’s paradise.
In my humble opinion, it’s essentially the most lovely lake on the planet. As somebody who grew up loving the ocean, it nearly satisfies my intense urge for the seaside given the sheer dimension. There’s one thing mesmerizing in regards to the readability, the depth, and the beautiful environment that merely doesn’t exist elsewhere.
There is no such thing as a scarcity of issues to do and see in Lake Tahoe, so that will help you slim it down, right here’s a listing of 50 of the very best from an area:
1. Tahoe Rim Path
The Tahoe Rim Path, a 165-mile loop, may be loved on foot, mountain bike, or horseback. The path circles Lake Tahoe and passes by the close by Carson Vary and Desolation Valley, as properly. The surroundings on this path consists of lakes, peaks, meadows, vistas, and extra. Eight trailheads break the loop into smaller day-hike segments between 12 and 33 miles in size (all of that are one-way hikes), or hikers can select to backpack your complete loop in a single journey.
2. Emerald Bay
Clear blue waters and colourful sunrises make for gorgeous surroundings at Emerald Bay, making it probably the most photographed spots each in Lake Tahoe and in all of California. The bay is situated on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe; within the bay sits the tiny Fannette Island, which guests can take a ship or a kayak out to discover. Additionally in shut proximity to Emerald Bay is the Vikingsholm Property, an previous 38-room mansion which is on now the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations and is open for touring.
Three. Mt. Tallac Hike
The Mt. Tallac hike is among the most well-known hikes in Lake Tahoe. It may be a day-hike or a several-day journey into Desolation Wilderness, as this steep and difficult journey poses a collective 7,000 elevation change over a 10.Four-mile roundtrip. For individuals who don’t contemplate themselves the speediest of hikers, contemplate tenting in a single day on Mt. Tallac with a Desolation Wilderness backcountry allow.
Four. Sand Harbor
The house of the annual summer season Shakespeare Competition, Sand Harbor is a superb location for swimming within the Lake Tahoe’s clear waters, in addition to boating, kayaking, and quite a lot of different aquatic actions. Sand Harbor can also be the right picnic spot because of barbecues, picnic tables, and shady bushes. If visiting in the summertime, go tremendous early because the lot fills up very first thing within the morning!
5. Sand Harbor Overlook Hike
The Sand Harbor Overlook is a well-liked section of the Tahoe Rim Path which affords gorgeous views of the entire lake and the mountains behind it. Sand Harbor is especially superb from above with the tropical-looking water hues over the sandy backside. The hike is a four-mile loop of reasonable problem. One choice right here is to take a guided hike with an area Park Ranger.
6. Mountain Biking
Lake Tahoe is a mountain biker’s paradise because of numerous bike paths, filth roads, single tracks, and bike parks. Maybe essentially the most notable experience within the space is the world-renowned Flume Path, a 14-mile path which follows mountain ridges excessive above the lake. One other cool side of Tahoe’s mountain biking scene is that some ski resorts supply raise tickets to the summit, from which bikers can coast trails all the way in which down the mountainsides. Pay particular consideration to trails that solely enable bikers on odd and even days!
7. Snowboarding & Snowboarding
Winter sports activities are undoubtedly one among Lake Tahoe’s best claims to fame, so there are six principal resorts across the lake: Kirkwood, Heavenly, Mount Rose, Northstar, Sierra at Tahoe, and Squaw Valley. All however Mount Rose are on the California aspect of the lake, with Heavenly located on the state line in South Lake. Whether or not model new or an skilled skier, anybody is bound to have a good time hitting the slopes in Tahoe.
eight. State Line
Whereas playing will not be allowed in most of California, it’s permitted in Nevada, which implies that crossing the state line in South Lake is all it takes to benefit from the on line casino scene. From Harrah’s to Harvey’s to the Onerous Rock, the strip of hotel-casinos there’s bursting with exercise. Not a lot of a gambler? Me neither, however for luxurious motels, well-known eating places, and massive occasions, state line tends to supply all of it!
9. Jet Snowboarding
With jet ski leases scattered all alongside the lake, this makes for an thrilling aquatic journey within the summertime. Cruise round on one to discover the lake solo, or seize a pal and tackle Lake Tahoe collectively. Simply do not forget that these items go quick — as much as 70 miles an hour — so watch out whereas working one and keep away from swimming areas with plenty of individuals within the water!
10. King’s Seashore
On the North Shore, King’s Seashore (named for card shark Joe King) affords a big stretch of sand with late-morning to noon solar, good for sunbathing. The little city of the identical identify is dwelling to number of retailers, eating places, and road distributors in shut proximity to the seaside, making it a simple approach to spend a day. Plus, there’s a mini golf course close by!
Numerous campgrounds are scattered all all through Lake Tahoe, from essentially the most primary tent websites to completely outfitted RV hookups. Tenting right here is particular as a result of Lake Tahoe has that forest really feel that so many campers love, however all inside shut proximity to climbing galore and the very best lake possible!
12. Gondola Trip as much as Heavenly
In South Lake, take the Heavenly Gondola up the mountain from its base at Heavenly Village. The two.Four mile experience up within the glass-walled tram automotive has superb views, as does the Statement Deck on the finish of the experience. Upon getting off the gondola, take the Tamarack Specific chairlift up the mountain additional to get even higher views and to entry various climbing trails on the high of the mountain.
13. Heavenly Alpine Slide & Blue Streak Zip Line
Additionally on the Heavenly Resort atop the mountain, guests will discover a handful of thrilling points of interest. One, the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster is a gravity-powered two-seater curler coaster which speeds by forest and rock formations. The opposite, the Blue Streak Zip Line, runs for Three,300 toes alongside the mountainside at as much as 50 miles per hour! Attempt one or each for an action-packed afternoon.
14. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving in Lake Tahoe?! This exercise doesn’t make its manner into dialog as a lot because the surface-level aquatic actions, however Lake Tahoe really has nice scuba diving alternatives. The lake is shockingly deep — the second deepest within the nation, really. One notable scuba journey in Tahoe is the Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage Path, which brings divers to sunken boats and barges beneath the lake!
15. Steamboat or Ferry Trip Throughout the Lake
Spend a number of hours cruising to the far aspect of the lake and again aboard a daytime cruise. For first-time guests, this can be a good way to soak up the surroundings, get acquainted with the world, and see as a lot as potential in a time-savvy manner! One tried and true choice is the charming M.S. Dixie.
16. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Whether or not renting a board or packing a private one to the lake, stand-up paddle boarding is a enjoyable, energetic approach to benefit from the lovely setting of Lake Tahoe. Rental services may be discovered virtually wherever alongside the lake, so get out on the water to discover the shoreline and its tucked-away coves, all whereas getting an ideal full-body exercise.
In the identical manner, kayaking is a enjoyable approach to get out on the water, too. One perk of kayaking over SUP boarding is which you could convey a pal alongside in a two-seater! Kayaking can also be much less of a full-body exercise, so that is the extra leisurely of the 2 choices. It requires much less steadiness, too, so for many who are a little bit unsteady on their toes, selecting to kayak as a substitute of SUP will (in all probability) eradicate the opportunity of any sudden falls into the chilly lake!
For individuals who love floating over the lake from manner above, parasailing is a soothing approach to benefit from the pure great thing about Lake Tahoe. Glide excessive over the water and benefit from the panoramic views paired with the fun of flying by the air. Quite a lot of parasailing suppliers may be discovered throughout Tahoe.
19. Speedboat Seashore
Speedboat Seashore is a quaint little seaside which is particularly good for kayaking, as big rocks make for an fascinating shoreline to discover from the maneuverability of a kayak. The seaside is situated in the course of North Shore, simply on the California aspect of the state line.
20. Hidden Seashore
Close to Sand Harbor, this seaside is understood to be “hidden in plain sight,” thanks to large rocks and Freeway 28 working by overhead. However, it’s a good vacation spot to take in some solar and swim within the lake. In the summertime, get there early to beat the crowds ands safe a parking spot alongside the freeway.
21. Bonsai Rock
On the Nevada aspect of the lake (my most well-liked space because of the water hues), a big boulder rises up out of the water to show 4 sleek bonsai bushes rising out of its floor. Bonsai Rock, because it’s been named, sits midway between Hidden Seashore and Sand Harbor and makes for a cool photo-op, particularly at dawn or sundown.
22. D.L. Bliss State Park
Off Freeway 89, D.L. Bliss State Park is among the most talked-about spots in Tahoe because of its proximity to different points of interest and its adjoining campground. The park consists of almost 750 acres on the lake’s western shore. From Bliss, guests can entry the Lighthouse Path, a 2.Three-mile loop to a 1916 lighthouse, whereas different issues to see right here embrace Rubicon Level (on the park’s north finish) and Balancing Rock.
23. Rubicon Path
This widespread path is an out-and-back hike with principal trailheads at each D.L. Bliss State Park and Emerald Bay State Park. A Four.5-mile stretch connects Vikingsholm Fortress and D.L. Bliss, and hikers can do the path in both path. (Observe that there’s additionally an optionally available 2-mile extension previous Vikingsholm.)
24. Cave Rock
Also referred to as “The Girl of the Lake,” Cave Rock on Lake Tahoe’s southeastern shore is seen from virtually some other location on the lake. (The previous identify happened as a result of, from a distance, the profile of a lady’s face may be made out of the rock construction.) The rock, which is sacred to the Washoe Indian Tribe, is part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is reachable by solely a 15-minute hike.
25. Olympic Valley
Try the location of the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, on the northwestern aspect of Lake Tahoe. The Four,000-acre piece of property is dwelling to 34 ski lifts and 6 peaks, in addition to the Olympic Museum. One other factor to do right here is take the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram, a 10-minute experience which runs 2,000 vertical toes up the mountain and is just like the Heavenly Gondola.
26. Watching a Dawn or Sundown
As if Lake Tahoe’s aquamarine waters aren’t already lovely sufficient through the day, take a look at the sight at dawn or sundown when the water is as easy as glass and displays a colourful sky. If on the lookout for solitude, catch a dawn earlier than crowds of vacationers hit the shoreline for the day; for many who wouldn’t contemplate themselves early risers, sunsets are usually extra crowded at widespread vantage factors however are simply as lovely.
27. Practice Tracks into the Water
One distinctive (and even a little bit spooky) factor to see in Tahoe is the practice tracks going straight into the water and disappearing. Curiously, Lake Tahoe is hundreds of years previous, so there isn’t any chance that there was ever a railroad crossing the lake mattress. So why did somebody construct practice tracks only for them to go disappear into the water? It seems that they have been really used to launch boats into the water years in the past, and nowadays they nonetheless make for a cool photograph! You’ll discover them at Sugar Pine Level State Park.
28. Carnelian Bay
On the western aspect of North Lake, Carnelian Bay is known as for the purple and yellow stones dotting its shore. The city is dwelling to a number of seashores, that are frequented by kayakers, SUP boarders, trout fishing fanatics, and, most significantly, cute canine!
29. Bayview Path
The Bayview Path is a tough one, however the reward is a superb view of Emerald Bay and the remainder of the lake. This steep, uphill hike takes about two to 3 hours on the way in which as much as Maggie’s Peak. Observe allow is required to entry the trailhead.
30. Cascade Falls
Hike to the 200-foot tall Cascade Falls, located on the finish of a reasonable hour-long hike within the southwestern area of Lake Tahoe, close to Emerald Bay. The hike to the falls offers nice views of Cascade Lake, as properly.
31. Eagle Lake Path
Off Freeway 89, the Eagle Lake Path is a reasonable two-mile hike roundtrip. The surroundings right here consists of the crystal-clear Eagle Lake and equally beautiful Eagle Falls, so remember to convey a digicam! Plenty of different climbing trails additionally department off from this location (close to Emerald Bay) for these on the lookout for one thing tougher.
32. Ski Run Marina Village
The Ski Run Marina in South Lake was established in 1939 and has been a favourite vacation spot of vacationers and locals alike for many years. Hit the adjoining seaside to benefit from the lakefront, then head over to the Village to take pleasure in its eating places (together with the Riva Grill, one among Tahoe’s hottest lakefront spots) and a few stay leisure.
33. Heavenly’s Lake View Lodge
The Heavenly Resort’s Lake View Lodge is aptly named: the views from 2,000 toes above the lake are unbelievable. The lodge can solely be reached by a brief tram experience up the mountain, however the journey is value it because of nice eating (each contained in the lodge and on its out of doors decks) and an enormous bar with a whopping 97 beers on faucet.
34. Tahoe Tastings Boat Wine Tasting
Cruise across the lake on a classic 1953 Venetian Water Taxi whereas sipping wine with South Lake’s Tahoe Tastings. This can be a nice approach to spend a soothing afternoon, particularly for one thing like a ladies’ weekend getaway! Company will remember to get a style of Northern California’s greatest wines because of Tahoe Tasings’ partnerships with widespread NorCal wineries, too.
35. Drive Ring Highway
For individuals who love a street journey, spend a day driving the perimeter of the lake and hitting the most important spots alongside the way in which, together with Kings Seashore, Carnelian Bay, South Lake, Sand Harbor, and Emerald Bay. The 72-mile drive takes about three hours with no stops, however would make for a enjoyable full day of actions if achieved at a leisurely tempo.
For individuals who wish to attempt one thing a little bit extra horizontal than snowboarding or snowboarding within the winter, snowshoeing is an equally nice exercise and approach to benefit from the snow. Whereas snowshoes are sometimes accessible for lease at ski resorts, any terrain in Tahoe could possibly be an ideal place to check them out past the constraints of ski lifts. Strap some on, get out into the snow, and take within the lovely wintry panorama!
Come winter, tackle the Sierra highcountry by way of snowmobile! Take a guided scenic tour or wilderness tour on the miles of trails surrounding Lake Tahoe, or check out backcountry powder using. This may absolutely be particularly interesting to jet ski fanatics!
38. Inspiration Level
From 600 toes above the lake, Inspiration Level appears out over Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Vikingsholm Property, and past. For the reason that lookout spot is located close to a handful of widespread Emerald Bay climbing trails, together with Cascade Falls and Bayview, this can be a nice photo-op so as to add onto an current itinerary within the Emerald Bay space.
39. Glen Alpine Falls
Glen Alpine Falls is a 65-foot tiered waterfall proper alongside the roadside, on the southern aspect of Lake Tahoe. Spectators can get so shut that they’ll really feel the mist. The falls are at their most gorgeous within the spring when rainfall and snowmelt enhance the water ranges; different instances of yr, the waterfall might need shrunk to a small trickle.
40. Tahoe Treetop Journey Park
Spend a day at one of many three Tahoe Treetop Journey Parks within the Lake Tahoe area. At every park, members will discover 10 treetop journey programs of all totally different ranges of problem, made up of 97 tree platforms, 27 zip traces ranging in size between 30 and 200 toes, and 60 different obstacles. This one is bound to be a thrill!
41. Shirley Canyon Path
The path to Shirley Lake is a half-day hike which additionally passes waterfalls and granite rock formations. The hike is pretty tough and takes about three hours round-trip, because it’s three miles to Shirley Lake and one other two from there to the very best level of the path. That’s a 2,000-foot elevation achieve on the way in which up! It’s positive to be lovely, although.
42. Downtown Truckee
A couple of half-hour northwest of North Shore, Truckee is a captivating mountain city with tons to do. Nice locations to eat, boutique procuring, artwork galleries, and naturally Donner Lake make this spot an area favourite. (Insider tip: there’s additionally nice ice cream on the Little Truckee Ice Creamery!)
43. Meeks Bay
Meeks Bay sits on the western aspect of the lake, on the mouth of Meeks Creek. The world is dwelling to a resort, a campground, bike paths, and each private and non-private resort seashores. The bay is hottest for its good stretches of sand and shallow waters that are good for swimming, in addition to family-friendly tenting.
44. Zephyr Cove
On the southeastern a part of the lake, on the Nevada aspect, Zephyr Cove is widespread spot for guests to Lake Tahoe because of its tenting, seashores, marina, and number of eateries. Zephyr makes an ideal dwelling base for having fun with all there’s to do both on the lake in the summertime or within the mountains within the winter.
45. Pope Seashore
Take Freeway 89 three miles west of South Lake to get to Pope Seashore, a three-quarter-mile-long sandy seaside situated on Nationwide Forest land. Pope is widespread for its shady bushes to picnic underneath, clear, shallow waters good for swimming, and exquisite surroundings.
46. Scorching Air Balloon Trip
If a sizzling air balloon experience is in your bucket listing, Lake Tahoe is among the most lovely locations possible to do it! The balloons soar excessive above the lake — reaching elevations of as much as 10,000 toes above sea stage — and likewise just some toes above its floor — balloons may be seen really touching down on the water! Try the dawn balloon rides, which might be completely lovely.
47. Moraine Path
The Moraine Path runs to the dam at Fallen Leaf Lake and exhibits off views of Cathedral Peak and Mount Tallac alongside the way in which. That is a simple path, because it’s solely about 5 miles roundtrip and will take not more than an hour and a half. It’s most fulfilling in the summertime when the water at Fallen Leaf is warmest for swimming and fishing.
48. Pacific Crest Path
Though it runs throughout the western United States, the three,000-mile-long Pacific Crest Path passes by the west aspect of Lake Tahoe, by the Desolation Wilderness area. Curiously, the part of the path between Tahoe and Mt. Whitney is taken into account to be the “crown jewel of the PCT” because of its assorted topography of forests, granite peaks, lakes, and valleys. Hikers generally entry this part of the PCT by way of Wrights, Echo, Eagle Falls, Lake Aloha, or Fallen Leaf.
49. Wakeboarding & Waterskiing
For the out of doors journey junkie, right here’s a pair extra water sports activities so as to add to the Lake Tahoe listing: wake boarding and waterskiing. This exercise is most fulfilling when renting a ship (or taking out one’s personal) with associates and switching off between hitting the water and cheering one another on. For first-timers, classes and gear leases are usually not exhausting to return by in Tahoe.
50. South Lake Meals & Drink Scene
Final however not least, an superior factor to do in Lake Tahoe is to take pleasure in its foods and drinks scene, particularly among the many hustle and bustle of South Lake! Since that is such an thrilling and ceaselessly visited area of Tahoe, anybody could be hard-pressed to not discover some scrumptious eats or cool breweries. For these not sure of the place to start, take a look at the Tahoe South Restaurant Affiliation’s Elevate Your Palate Map!
That’s 50! And the listing doesn’t even should cease right here. When you’re looking for your subsequent weekend getaway, vacation trip, or dream journey, these are 50 nice causes to think about Lake Tahoe!