Must-see attractions in Lake Tahoe

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    Emerald Bay State Park

    Sheer granite cliffs and a jagged shoreline hem in glacier-carved Emerald Bay, a teardrop cove that will have you digging for your camera. Its most…

  • Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

    The largest, and arguably most luxurious of the state parks at Lake Tahoe, Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine State Park (formerly known as Sugar Pine State Park), sits…

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    Tallac Historic Site

    Three 1920s-era estates – Baldwin, Pope and Valhalla – sprawl across this 150-acre site on the southwest shore of Lake Tahoe. Free, self-guided tours wind…

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    Inspiration Point

    Swoon-worthy views of Emerald Bay, as the camera-wielding crowds testify.

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    DL Bliss State Park

    DL Bliss State Park has the western shore's nicest beaches at Lester Beach and Calawee Cove. A short nature trail leads to the Balancing Rock, a giant…

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    Heavenly Gondola

    Soar to the top of the world as you ride this gondola, which sweeps you from Heavenly Village to some 2.4 miles up the mountain in just 12 minutes. From…

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    Kings Beach State Recreation Area

    In summer much of the action focuses on Kings Beach State Recreation Area, a 700ft-long beach that often gets deluged with sun-seekers and water rats. You…

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    Vikingsholm Castle

    Heiress Lora Knight's quirky mansion on the bay, Vikingsholm Castle is the focal point of Emerald Bay State Park, and a rare example of ancient…

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    Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park

    Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park is the east shore's biggest draw with beaches and hiking for all. Summer crowds splash in the turquoise waters of Sand Harbor…

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    Meeks Bay

    With a wide sweep of shoreline, sleek and shallow Meeks Bay has warm water by Tahoe standards and is fringed by a beautiful, but busy, sandy beach. West…

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    Sand Harbor

    Two sand spits have formed a shallow bay here, with brilliant, warm turquoise water and white, boulder-strewn beaches. It gets very busy, especially…

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    Granite Chief Wilderness

    Wonderful trails loop into the wild granite landscape, including a section of the 2659-mile Pacific Crest route. The area is notable for its dramatic…

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    Commons Beach

    Commons Beach is a small, attractive park with sandy and grassy areas, picnic tables, barbecue grills, a climbing rock and playground, as well as free…

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    Spooner Lake

    Spooner Lake is popular for catch-and-release fishing, picnicking, nature walks, backcountry camping and cross-country skiing. It's also the start of the…

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    Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

    This elegant 1903 Queen Anne–style mansion on the lakefront is also known as Pine Lodge. Guided tours take in the richly detailed interior, including…

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    Mt Rose Wilderness

    This wild, dramatic and mostly treeless mountain sits just northeast of Lake Tahoe. The protected wilderness area is a popular destination for hikers and…

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    El Dorado National Park

    West of Lake Tahoe, this mountainous park contains the formidably named Desolation Wilderness within its boundaries.

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    Tahoe National Forest

    This forest can be accessed from Truckee; it features some great hikes leading you around Donner Summit.

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    Tahoe Meadows

    Good for hikes in summer and skiing and snowshoeing in winter; there's also a sledding hill.