Being the largest alpine lake in North America means one very big thing for Lake Tahoe; that it’s humongous! Not only that, with it perched between snow-capped mountains and surrounded by magnificent pine forests, it’s a total gem to visit. Though, in my experience, it can be tricky to pinpoint the best things to do in Lake Tahoe during your trip. This is exactly why I wanted to share my favourite spots to see in and around Lake Tahoe itself.
I loved visiting Lake Tahoe and first clapped eyes on it via the California side in the heat of summer. It was amazing and loved every second of my time around the lake. Since then, we’ve visited the best spots in California and Nevada countless times, with Lake Tahoe being a firm favourite.
Packed-full to the brim with places to see, Lake Tahoe is one of the best travel spots in the country if you’re fond of the great outdoors.
It has everything from bumbling nature strolls, high-octane water sports, powdery ski slopes and even arduous mountain climbs. Trust me, Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area is just stunning and well worth a gander on a road trip around California or whilst in Nevada.
Take a look, below, at the best things to do in Lake Tahoe when you visit. Have fun exploring!
1.) Emerald Bay State Park
Many trails around Lake Tahoe lead to the Emerald Bay State Park, a designated National Natural Landmark and an Underwater State Park because of its gorgeous natural beauty.
Located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay State Park is a popular place to visit for its trails and a jump-off point to explore Vikingsholm mansion (which hosts summer tours) which are great to explore.
Plus, from here, you can kayak the pristine shoreline of Emerald Bay itself. Rent a kayak from Kayak Tahoe and head out onto the open waters for the best morning adventure. It’s all so serene.
Also, for some epic views, head towards Emerald Bay State Park Lookout. From here, you’ll get some epic views of Lake Tahoe and it’s the perfect starting point to hike down to the shoreline itself.
For some tunes, head across to the Tallac Historic Site (nearby the park). It’s a cluster of historic estates made more popular by its festivals it hosts.
The two-day Gatsby Festival, held in August, is arguably one of the best. With a string of jazz concerts, themed events, and Roaring Twenties parties.
Alternatively, the Valhalla Estate hosts the iconic Valhalla Art, Music,…