Top things to do

Top Choice American in Tahoe Vista

Old Post Office Cafe

Head west of town toward Carnelian Bay, where this always-packed, cheery wooden shack (never, in fact, a post office) serves scrumptious breakfasts: buttery potatoes, eggs Benedict, biscuits with gravy, fluffy omele…
Beach in Kings Beach

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’ll find picnic tables, barbecue grills and a fun kids’ play …
Diner in Kings Beach

Log Cabin Caffe

Come early (especially on weekends) to join the queue for the North Shore’s best breakfast. Eggs Benedict, whole-wheat pancakes with hot fresh fruit and cranberry-orange waffles are just a few highlights from the hu…
Bar in Tahoe Vista

Gar Woods Grill & Pier

A shoreline hot spot, Gar Woods pays tribute to the era of classic wooden boats. Don’t show up for the lackadaisical grill fare, but instead to slurp a Wet Woody cocktail while watching the sun set over the lake. Be…
Bar in Kings Beach

Jason’s Beachside Grille

Looking for the party around sundown? Hit this waterfront deck with a schooner of microbrew. Never mind the unexciting American fare (dinner mains $13 to $25), like smoked chicken pasta, alongside an overflowing sal…
Italian in Kings Beach


Next to the Safeway supermarket stands this beloved Italian trattoria where a tantalizing aroma of garlic, rosemary and ‘secret’ spices perfumes the air. Dinners, though undoubtedly not the tastiest you’ve ever had,…
Fast Food in Kings Beach


No gimmicks at this 1960s fast-food stand, which grills juicy burgers and St Louis–style baby back ribs, and also fries up crispy onion rings and breaded mozzarella sticks. Somebody call an ambulance!
Casino in Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay Casino

Crossing into Nevada, the neon starts to flash and old-school gambling palaces appear. You can try your luck at the gambling tables or catch a live-music show at the Crystal Bay Casino.
Pub in Kings Beach

Grid Bar & Grill

This locals’ dive bar looks rough around the edges, but happy hours are supercheap and you can catch live music, from bluegrass to punk, DJs, dancing or karaoke, or trivia nights.
Park in Tahoe Vista

North Tahoe Regional Park

North Tahoe Regional Park, at the northern end of National Ave, has hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails, a disc-golf course and nice picnic facilities.