State Park in Lake Tahoe Southern Shore

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…
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…
Beach in Kings Beach

Kings Beach State Recreation Area

The utilitarian character of Kings Beach belies the fact that it has some of the area's best restaurants. The town is one of the more ethnically diverse lakeshore communities with a large Latino population, many of …
Historic Building in Lake Tahoe Southern Shore

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…
State Park in Truckee & Donner Lake

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 1846–47. Though its history is gruesome, the park is gorgeous a…
Island in Lake Tahoe Southern Shore

Fannette Island

This uninhabited granite speck in Emerald Bay is Lake Tahoe’s only island. It holds the vandalized remains of a tiny 1920s teahouse belonging to heiress Lora Knight, who would occasionally motorboat guests to the is…
Park in Lake Tahoe Northern Shore

North Tahoe Regional Park

North Tahoe Regional Park, at the northern end of National St, has hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails, a disc-golf course and nice picnic facilities.
Historic Site in Lake Tahoe Eastern Shore

Thunderbird Lodge

During summer, you can tour the eccentric Thunderbird Lodge, a historical mansion only accessible by bus, boat or kayak. Reservations required.
Casino in Kings Beach

CalNeva Resort & Casino

Straddling the state border, CalNeva Resort evokes a colorful history of ghosts, mobsters and ex-owner Frank Sinatra.