Blue as a topaz and surrounded by majestic peaks, the High Sierra gem that stretches along the California-Nevada border is a must see. Nowhere else can you inhale air “so pure and clean … it’s the same air that angels breathe,” as Mark Twain put it. A look around, especially from the spectacular viewpoints like the one above Emerald Bay State Park, and it’s easy to see why Twain was so entranced. The cities in front of the lake are scattered on the coast, each with its own charm. Snow in winter and spring allows you to enjoy first class mountain resorts. In summer, the water diversions: sailboats, surfboards, kayaks and, practically, everything that floats. Autumn covers the hills with the golden leaves of the poplars. But no matter what the season of the year, this is the kind of place that makes you planning to return when you have not left yet.
The Gondola at Heavenly
Gondola is a sector that concentrates the public that skis , reason why there are several restaurants and businesses of clothes and art of ski. It is picturesque to say the least and definitely worth a visit to “The Gondola”. It is about 15 minutes drive to the top of the mountain with a unique view of the village and lake. In the winter season the view is unique, magical, totally recommendable, you will not regret it. Beautiful view of the whole lake, the mountain is really wonderful, the staff is very attentive.
Emerald Bay State Park
Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe! If you are in South Lake Tahoe, you must do this walk along a path full of breathtaking scenery. It takes at least 4 hours to travel, to and from the car, take photos and enjoy the wonders of Lake Tahoe. There are several viewpoints in the area, each has parking, so there will be no problem getting off and taking photos.At certain points there is information about the place and the small island in the middle.At any time of the year it is ideal to pass through here. A good to-do on a tight budget since the good thing is that there is nothing to pay for parking or tickets to the viewpoints.
Valhalla at Lake Tahoe
Valhalla on Lake Tahoe is a perfect place to spend a casual, outdoor experience where the quiet smell of pine needles and fresh forest abound. I am grateful to the people of Lake Tahoe for having retreats from this pristine area, so you can relax and get in touch with our primitive feelings of nature and oneness on own! Valhalla also offers historical information that is very interesting and informative. A nice area walk and good parking area. Excellent place to stop and stretch your legs if you are on a long drive.
North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and Gatekeepers Museum
This museum has photos of places in Lake Tahoe “days of yore” and local memorabilia. This impressive place is made in two parts with a reasonable entrance fee. One part houses the museum which contains principled tahoe artifacts and Olympic objects and others, the Indian Museum Basket Marion Steinbach which is extensive and fantastic. Both are in the William. Layton Park at the water’s edge. Enjoy a lakeside picnic walk and then visit the museums. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance as they sell out a weeks at a time! If you are interested in Indian Baskets you should not miss this exhibition. It’s a great collection of West Coast baskets all picked up by a dedicated woman. Check out the dam next door as well.
Lake Tahoe Emerald Bay Cruise
Take a tour cruise on a boat along the magnificent Lake Tahoe to enjoy the wonders of this picturesque area. Discover breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Emerald Bay, the charming Fannette Island and Vikingsholm Castle.