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Lake Tahoe - Top 10 Things to do!

Updated on September 26, 2008
Lake Tahoe in all its beauty. This photo is not altered in any's just that amazing!
Lake Tahoe in all its beauty. This photo is not altered in any's just that amazing!

The Top 10 List

#10 - Eat at one of the famous restuarants that are located lakeside. Some recommendations would be Sunnyside, Jakes, Riva Grill, and Garwoods.

#9 - Take the gondola located in the Heavenly Village up to the top. There is also a new zipline that is awesome that you can hop in up there! There's also shopping in the Heavenly Village.

#8 - Of course if your on the Nevada side of the lake you have to stop into one of the casino's and try to find Lady Luck in Stateline (basically South Lake Tahoe) or up on the north shore in Incline Village or Crystal Bay. Plenty of people get lucky, but remember to gamble responsibly.

#7 - It it's summer rent a boat or jet ski from one of the marina's and head out on the lake for a couple of hours. Also there are lots of places to rent kayaks as well. Lake Tahoe has incredible visibility and it's a must to expierence it on the water!

#6 - If it's winter it's time to hit one of the many ski resorts around the lake. There's a lot of them, but some of the best are Squaw Valley, Diamond Peak, and Homewood. There's plenty more, but these are some local favorites. Also look into snowshoeing or snowmobiling!

#5 - Go for a hike! There are hikes for all skill levels around the lake. I'll recommend an easy one and a strenuous one.

  • Easy - Eagle Falls and Eagle Lake
  • Strenuous - Mt. Tallac (so worth it though)

#4 - There a lot of historic places around the lake, but some to check out are Vikingsholm and Fannette Island, the CalNeva Resort (Old Rat Pack Hangout), and the Thunderbird Lodge.

#3 - As long as the weather is warm go for a bike ride by the lake or along the Truckee River. One of the best rides begins in Tahoe City and if your up to it you can ride all the way to Truckee, CA (awesome little town to visit)! You don't have to, but at least ride along the Truckee River down to Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. If time permits ride into Squaw Valley and take the tram up to High Camp (8,200') where the 1960 Winter Olympics where held.

#2 - Drive around the entire lake if you have time. This is not recommended during the summer high peak weekends as traffic is heavy though. It really gives you a unique view of the lake and the quaint little towns around it. There's tons of places to eat and shop.

#1 - This is reserved for some must do's! Visit Emerald Bay! Either take the paddle boat out of Zephyr Cove or drive over to the state park. The above mentioned Eagle Falls and Eagle Lake trailheads are right there too. It's beautiful!There are also dinner cruises that are fun. If you are an avid golfer play a round at the Edgewood Golf Club in Stateline, NV (by South Lake Tahoe). It's a beautiful course and the par 3 #17 is basically on the beach! Lastly, the #1 thing to do if you visit Lake Tahoe is to enjoy your trip! There is something to do for everybody and the weather is typically absolutely beautiful. Get out there and enjoy that amazing lake!

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The Edgewood Golf Club on Lake Tahoe in Stateline, NV (C) Chris Frey - 2007
The Edgewood Golf Club on Lake Tahoe in Stateline, NV (C) Chris Frey - 2007


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      SJ 7 years ago

      God, I miss this place. Love your list.

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      Win2Win 8 years ago from Wales

      One of the most stunning places I've visited on the planet, and the whole Sierra range is beautiful.