Lake Tahoe

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  • Emerald Bay State Park

    1. Emerald Bay State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    A massive glacier millions of years ago carved this 3-mile-long and 1-mile-wide fjordlike inlet. Famed for its jewel-like shape and colors,...Read More

    Emerald Bay State Park
  • Heavenly Gondola

    2. Heavenly Gondola

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Whether you ski or not, you'll appreciate the impressive view of Lake Tahoe from the Heavenly Gondola. Its eight-passenger cars travel from...Read More

    Heavenly Gondola
  • 3. Tallac Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    At this site you can stroll or picnic lakeside year-round, and then in late spring and summer you can also explore three historic estates. The...Read More

  • 4. D.L. Bliss State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This park takes its name from Duane LeRoy Bliss, a 19th-century lumber magnate. At one time Bliss owned nearly 75% of Tahoe's lakefront, along...Read More

  • Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

    5. Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The park and museum commemorate the 89 members of the Donner Party, westward-bound pioneers who became trapped in the Sierra in the winter of...Read More

    Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum
  • 6. Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Visitors love to hike, swim, and fish in the summer at this park named for a state lawmaker who sponsored key conservation legislation, but...Read More

  • 7. Gatekeeper's Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum preserves a little-known part of the region's history. Between 1910 and 1968 the gatekeeper who lived on this site was responsible...Read More

  • 8. Heavenly Village

    Store/Shop/Mall

    This lively complex at the base of the Heavenly Gondola has good shopping, an arcade for kids, a cinema, a brewpub, a skating rink in winter...Read More

  • 9. Hellman-Ehrman Mansion

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The main attraction at Sugar Pine Point State Park is the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, a 1903 stone-and-shingle summer home furnished in period style...Read More

  • 10. High Camp

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Ride the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram to this activity hub, which at 8,200 feet commands superb views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains...Read More

  • 11. Kings Beach State Recreation Area

    Beach–Sight

    The north shore's 28-acre Kings Beach State Recreation Area, one of the largest such areas on the lake, is open year-round. The 700-foot-long...Read More

  • 12. Taylor Creek Visitor Center

    Information Center

    At this center operated by the U.S. Forest Service you can visit the site of a Washoe Indian settlement; walk self-guided trails through meadow...Read More

  • 13. Vikingsholm

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This 38-room estate was completed in 1929 and built as a precise copy of a 1,200-year-old Viking castle, using materials native to the area...Read More

  • 14. Village at Squaw Valley

    Commercial District

    The centerpiece of Olympic Valley is a pedestrian mall at the base of several four-story ersatz Bavarian stone-and-timber buildings, where you...Read More

  • 15. Watson Cabin Living Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In the middle of Tahoe City sits a 1909 hand-hewn log cabin, the town's oldest structure still on its original site. Now a museum open during...Read More

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