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Lake Tahoe - Things to See & Do

Have an Outdoor Adventure

Summer and fall offer wonderful opportunities to get into the forests and mountains around the lake. Most of the region is a National Forest, and we suggest you begin by checking out the information available at the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, on Highway 49. It's located on Highway 89, northeast of South Lake Tahoe. It is close to Kiva and Pope beaches, and provides access to several trails (see Outdoors). Also available is information on the many campsites on federal lands along Highway 49, between South Lake Tahoe and Truckee, and north of Truckee at two major recreation areas.

For information from the Forest Service, call (916) 252-7232. For Nevada State Parks information, call (775) 831-0494.

Another great spot to enjoy the outdoors while relaxing is Grover Hot Springs State Park, at Markleeville. There is a large hot pool, and the park features walking trails, camping, fishing, and picnicking. You may want to book a camping reservation during the busy summer months, by calling (800) 444-PARK.

Water fun is available almost everywhere around the lake. South Lake Tahoe has a variety of places to enjoy beaches and take part in water activity, including Camp Richardson, where you can rent paddle boats and other craft. Zephyr Cove Marina, and Timber Cove Marina also offer rentals. South shore swimming and sunning places include Baldwin Beach, Pope Beach, Kiva Beach, Regan Beach, El Dorado Beach, and Nevada Beach.

Drive Around the Lake

A drive of 72 miles takes you around the lake, providing a fine way to see much of the prime scenery and attractions in the Tahoe Basin. The drive is made more interesting if you listen to an audiocassette, available at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, or the Tahoe-Douglas Chamber (located at Round Hill Mall - north of Stateline on Highway 50). The two-hour tape -- packaged with a map -- describes the highlights of this scenic drive.

Cruise Lake Tahoe

Two paddle wheelers, the MS Dixie II, and the Tahoe Queen, offer scheduled cruises on the lake. This is a great way to spend half a day with the family while seeing some of the finest scenery in the Sierra. Both boats leave the south shore, to cruise to beautiful Emerald Bay. The boats have glass bottoms, often displaying marine life in the clear water. Think about an evening cruise -- the paddle wheelers schedule sunset dinner and dancing cruises.

Another option is to take a sail on a catamaran or trimaran. Two boats are berthed on the North Shore, at Incline Village and Crystal Bay. For information, call the Sierra Cloud Catamaran, at (775) 832-1234., or the Woodwind at (775) 588-3000. Or, rent a party boat for a fun time on the lake. Tahoe Keys Marina is a good place to book your group cruise.

Ride Up a Mountain

Two trams take you to near the top of the major ski resorts -- Squaw Valley and Heavenly. The Heavenly Tram takes you a mile up the mountain at South Lake Tahoe/Stateline (over 8,000 feet elevation) with a restaurant at the top. For information, call (775) 586-7000.

The huge cable car at Squaw Valley takes you to High Camp, a fascinating recreation spot near the peaks, overlooking the lake and the surrounding mountains. A large swimming pool, restaurants, and even a bungee jump are located at High Camp, and trails cross the high meadows. The cable car building, at the base parking area, has a 45-foot climbing wall. Look for the Squaw Valley USA entrance on Highway 89, north of Tahoe City and south of Truckee. Information: (916) 583-6985.

Visit Vikingsholm

Emerald Bay State Park is a must visit for Tahoe visitors, and it's only a short walk from the elevated parking lot to lakeside and Vikingsholm, a reproduction of a Norwegian castle built by Mrs. Lora Knight, a wealthy Chicago matron, in 1928. Fannette Island, the lake's only island, is in Emerald Bay, and is the site of a stone play house, built by Mrs. Knight.

Explore Tallac Historic Site

The 74-acre site was the location of the old Tallac Resort, and includes two large summer homes, owned in the early days of the 1900s by the Pope and McGonagle families. The resort was owned by Elias J. Baldwin, and contained a casino, two hotels, and a lot more. Valhalla has been converted into a community and arts center and the Tallac Museum. The annual Valhalla Festival of Arts and Music is held here. Tours of the site are available for a fee of $2.50, (616) 542-4166. The museum contains memorabilia of the Baldwin family and the resort, and the Washoe Indian Cultural Foundation Exhibit. The site is on Highway 89, northeast of South Lake Tahoe.

Enjoy Shakespeare at Sand Harbor

July and August bring William Shakespeare's plays to the beach at Sand Harbor, just south of Incline Village. The early evening performances are held at the outdoor amphitheater at Sand Harbor State Park, on Highway 28.

One- and two-week Shakespeare Midsummer Camps are available for aspiring young actors.
For camp information, call (530) 265-9320. For camp information Go Here.

General festival information: 800-74-SHOWS -- Website

Learn Something

In the Truckee area, kids can learn while enjoying Tahoe area history. the Sierra Nevada Children's Museum (11400 Donner Pass Rd.) has a wide range of exhibits and lots for kids to do. Admission is $2 and the museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, (916) 587-KIDS.

Donner Memorial State Park, at Donner Lake, near Truckee, offers movies, exhibits, and slide shows about the Donner Party tragedy. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2.00, and kids under 6 are free. Call (916) 582-7892.

The Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum is found at 3058 Highway 50, in South Lake Tahoe. It offers an extensive collection of pioneer artifacts including early farm implements, plus photo collections, and Washoe Indian baskets.

Take a Ride

Camp Richardson Stables offers seasonal riding activity, including summer hay rides, winter sleigh rides, and trail rides including excursions that lead to breakfast and dinner beside Fallen Leaf Lake. Highway 89 near the Forest Service info center.

Zephyr Cove Stables is found along Highway 50, near the boat dock for the MS Dixie II. Trail rides are conducted through the Tahoe forests. Rides with meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are also available.

Sunset Corral is on U.S. 50, near the airport and Myers, offering easy rides on the mountain meadows, with an hourly rate.

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