Scenic Drives, Museums and Historic Tours

72 Mile Lake Tahoe Scenic Drive

Touted as "The Most Beautiful Drive in America," the Lake Tahoe Basin has many natural and man-made wonders within its borders. A pleasant 72-mile mountain drive around the lake affords breath-taking views, fascinating side trips and historical points of interest. To guide you on your way pick up a copy of the "Around Tahoe" CD, the audio tour guide of the drive around the lake, available at the Incline Village & Tahoe City Visitor Centers or check the "Weekly" Magazine for Sightseeing information.

Cal-Neva Lodge Historic Tours

The Cal-Neva Resort on Highway 28 in Crystal Bay offers tours of this historic property from 1936 thru the early 1960's at which time Frank Sinatra owned the lodge and hosted his Rat Pack buddies, Marilyn Monroe and other infamous characters. Friday and Saturday evenings. 800.225.6382.

Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed sites in the world is located 21 miles south of Tahoe City on Hwy 89. Enjoy the breath taking views or take the 1 mile walk down to the shoreline of the bay to see Vikingsholm Castle.

Sugar Pine Point State Park

Located off Highway 89, nine miles south of Tahoe City on the West Shore. Enjoy some of the Lake's most beautiful undeveloped Shoreline. Explore the 2 family friendly self guided Nature Trails which wander through the forest and along the lake. Built from native stone and timber in 1903 this stunning estate exemplifies the Golden Age at Lake Tahoe.

Donner Memorial State Park & Museum

Located off Highway 80, west of Truckee on Donner Lake. The museum features movies and slide shows on the ordeal of the ill-fated Donner Party as well as exhibits and information on the history of Truckee & the building of the trans-continental railroad over the High Sierra. Daily from 9 am to 4 pm 530.587.3841.

Gatekeeper's Cabin

Home of the North Lake Tahoe Historic Society museum & Marion Steinbach Native American basket collection, the Gatekeeper's cabin is located adjacent to the Truckee River outlet dam in Tahoe City. Open Fri & Sat 11 am to 5 pm. 530.583.1762

Tahoe Maritime Museum

Located 6 miles south of Tahoe City in Homewood this museum gives insight into Lake Tahoe's rich maritime history. Step back to the time when grand steamships and gleaming wood boats plied the waters of the lake. Interactive exhibits, restored boats and children's and family activities. Open Friday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.

Fanny Bridge

Just south of the intersection of Highways 89 & 28, at the traffic light in Tahoe City. In summer people bending over the rail of the bridge to watch trout frolic below Lake Tahoe's only outlet, the Truckee River, gives the bridge its name.

Outdoor Activities

Hiking & Nature Trails

Most of the lower elevation trails are open. Suggested trails are those at Sugar Pine Point State Park on the lake's west shore, the North Tahoe Regional Park trails in Tahoe Vista on the north shore, Stateline Fire Lookout trail above the state line at Crystal Bay, Tahoe Meadows interpretive trail off highway 431 above Incline Village, the Spooner Lake Loop trail on the east shore and the US Forest Service Visitor Center trails at Taylor Creek just south of Emerald Bay on highway 89.

Scenic Cable Car Rides

Squaw Valley's cable car takes you up 2000 feet in elevation for panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. Disembark at the top and enjoy ice skating, panoramic lake & mountain views and the Olympic museum. 530.583.6985

Climbing Walls

  • Headwall climbing wall in the cable car building at Squaw Valley. Open weekends & holidays. 530.583.7673
  • High Altitude Fitness climbing wall in Incline Village 775.837.4212

Skyjump Bungy Trampoline

  • Village at Squaw Valley 530.583.7673
  • Village at Northstar 530.563.8055

Parks & Playgrounds

  • Commons Beach Tahoe City – lake front park with playground and picnic areas.
  • North Tahoe Regional Park – off National Ave in Tahoe Vista – playground, picnic areas, nature and walking trails and ball fields.
  • Kilner Park – 2 ½ miles south of Tahoe City on Hwy 89 – playground, picnic areas, walking paths.
  • Kings Beach State Park – lake front park with playground and picnic areas in the heart of Kings Beach.


  • Old Brockway- Kings Beach. The range is open and the course is open for play. 530.546.9909

Sledding and Snow Play


  • Homewood Mountain-Free sledding & snow play. Bring your own plastic saucers or sleds. Open 9 am to 4 pm. 530.525.2992
  • Northstar Resort-Tubing. Riders are transported by tow lift to the top of the hill. Call for hours, ticket prices & reservations. 530.562.2267
  • Granlibakken Resort's-Sled hill provides saucers & sleds for a small fee and has a warming hut for hot food, drinks & snacks.
  • Squaw Valley SnoVenture Park – tubing & child size snowmobiles. Call for fees & hours. 530.583.6985
  • Boreal Mountain Playland Tubing – 10 am to 4 pm Sun – Thurs, 10 am to 8 pm Fri – Sat $25 for a 2hr session. 530.426.3666

Ice Skating

  • The Village at Northstar skating rink – 530.562.3689
  • Squaw Valley rink at the top of the tram – 530.583.6985
  • Truckee Regional Park skating rink – 530.582.7720

On the Lake

Boat Cruises

M.S. Dixie II a scenic cruise to beautiful Emerald Bay from Zephyr Cove Resort or the Tahoe Queen from the South Shore Ski Run Marina. 800-23-TAHOE

Rent a Boat

Do some sightseeing on the lake. Year round boat rentals at Tahoe City Marina – 530.583.1039


Lake Tahoe fishing charter boats are available year-round. For information or reservations call:

  • Big Mack Sport Fishing – 800.877-1462
  • Captain Chris - 530.583.4857

Paddle Boarding

Waterman's Landing - Carnelian Bay. Renting out paddleboards all year round! 530.546.3590

Indoor Activities

Spas, Massage, Exercise & Health

  • Sante' Lakeside Fitness –530.583.4883
  • Resort at Squaw Creek Spa & Fitness Center – 530.583.6300
  • Cal-Neva European Health Spa - 800.225.6382
  • Trilogy Spa – 530.584.6125
  • Clearwater Day Spa – 530.583.3141
  • Tahoe Yoga Institute – 530.583.5057
  • Incline Village Recreation Center – 775.832.1300
  • Tahoe Yoga Institute – 530.583.5057
  • Massage on the Lake –530.583.3200
  • Ritz-Carlton Highlands Spa – 530.562.303

Wine Tastings

  • Uncorked-Tahoe City, 530.581.1106
  • Uncorked-Squaw Valley, 530.584.6090


  • Pete & Peter's Tahoe City – 530.583.2400
  • Lakeside Sports Bar & Restaurant – 530.583.2000
  • Bowl Incline – 775.831.1900

Lounge Shows, Live Music & Dancing

The casinos in Crystal Bay and various restaurants/night clubs around the North Shore & Truckee feature a variety of entertainment. Please check the Weekly Magazine or the Tahoe Action for show listings.

Video Game Rooms & Bowling

  • Cal-Neva Resort Spa & Casino – 800.225.6382
  • Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe –888.899.5019
  • Tahoe Biltmore Lodge – 800.245.8667


Tour the UC Davis Education Center. Discover what makes Lake Tahoe so unique. Investigate local science and explore how research is being used to restore and protect Lake Tahoe. Guided tours include a virtual research vessel, virtual laboratory, 3-D visualization theater and green building tour. See the new 3-D movie "Lake Tahoe in Depth". UC Davis Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 pm, located at 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nevada. 775.881.7566

Information courtesy of the North Lake Tahoe Visitor's Center