Lake Tahoe

Tahoe’s activities are mostly outdoor-focused: skiing, boating, fishing, swimming, diving (underwater granite cliffs drop 1,000 feet), or hiking along 900-miles of trails (notably the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail and Nevada Shoreline Trail). Head inside for rich history – museums, pioneer cabins, grand 1890s estates – back outside for Washoe tribe sites.

Things to do in Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay State Park

This 593-acre park is home to a dramatic, three-mile by one-mile fjord carved by a receding glacier and Eagle Falls – three successive cascades that gush into Emerald bay.

Hwy. 89; south of Tahoma, CA,
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors

Emigrant Trail Museum

Learn about the hardships of westward emigration at this museum. A 25-minute video recreates the ordeal of the infamously ill-fated Donner Party’s trek during the brutal winter of 1846-7.

12593 Donner Pass Rd., CA, 530-582-7892,
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history


Anglers can wrangle year-round with Kokanee salmon, mountain whitefish, and rainbow, brook, and Mackinaw trout. Charters like Mile High Fishing provide equipment, the required fishing licenses, and cover day-use fees.

Mile High Fishing, 2438 Venice Dr. East, CA, 530-541-5312,
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | fishing


The Incline Village Courses, which include Championship (955 Fairway Blvd.) and Mountain (690 Wilson Way), both offer sweeping lake views. Championship’s course has par 3, 4, and 5 holes; Mountain is a par 3 course.

Incline Village Courses, NV, 866-925-4653,
Tags: family | golf | things to do | outdoors

Lake Tahoe Cruises

Enjoy the lake while aboard one of two old, Mississippi-style paddle-wheelers: the M.S. Dixie II or the Tahoe Queen, both of which offer sightseeing and dinner/dancing sailings on Emerald Bay.

900 Ski Run Blvd., CA, 800-238-2463,
Tags: family | views | things to do | outdoors | history | boat tour

Stream Profile Chamber

This remarkable visitor center display affords cross-section views of Taylor Creek – watch lake trout in summer and, come fall, spawning Kokanee salmon digging their nests.

Hwy. 89; 3 miles north of US 50 junction, CA, 530-543-2674,
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | wildlife

Tallac Historical Site

Explore three of Tahoe's most ornate estates, all remnants of a 19th-century, palatial vacation playground built by Elias J. "Lucky" Baldwin for northern California’s nouveau riche.

Hwy. 89; 3 miles north of the Y, CA, 530-541-4975,
Tags: family | things to do | culture | architecture | history

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