Lake Tahoe attractions

Top Choice State Park in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

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 captivating aspect is the water, which changes from cloverleaf gree…
Viewpoint in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

Inspiration Point

Swoon-worthy views of Emerald Bay, as the camera-wielding crowds testify.
Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

Tallac Historic Site

Sheltered by a pine grove and bordering a wide, sandy beach, this national historic site sits on the archaeologically excavated grounds of the former Tallac Resort, a swish vacation retreat for San Francisco’s high …
State Park in Truckee

Donner Memorial State Park

At the eastern end of Donner Lake, this state-run park occupies one of the sites where the doomed Donner Party got trapped during the fateful winter of 1846. Though its history is gruesome, the park is gorgeous and …
State Park in Lake Tahoe Western Shore

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 chunk of granite perched on a rocky pedestal. Pick up informatio…
Park in Tahoma

Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

Sugar Pine Point State Park occupies a promontory blanketed by a fragrant mix of pine, juniper, aspen and fir. It has a swimming beach, hiking trails, abundant fishing in General Creek, kayaking in summer, and, in w…
Cable Car in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

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 the observation deck at 9123ft, get gobsmacking panoramic view…
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 …
Historic Building in South Lake Tahoe & Stateline

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 Scandinavian-style architecture. Completed in 1929, it has trippy desig…
State Park in Lake Tahoe Eastern Shore

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. The Flume Trail, a mountain biker's holy grail, starts furt…