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LAKE TAHOE

  • Audio Points275+
  • LocationCalifornia, Nevada, USA
  • Size~160Mb

Tour Route Map

HOW TO USE THIS MAP

Click the expand arrows in the bottom left to view in full screen.  

The flags represent the official introduction start points, or join the tour anywhere along the route and pick up the commentary at the next point.

Our tours are designed to be all inclusive so you can divide into half, full and multi day sightseeing. (see the Tour Plan in the app for suggestions). Different commentary will play in each direction, while pointing out the ‘must-see’ locations.

Tour Route Map

How to use this map: Start the tour at the official introduction start points (flags), or anywhere along the route. Divide the route into half, full and multi day sightseeing. (see the Tour Plan in the app for suggestions). Different commentary will play in each direction, while pointing out the ‘must-see’ locations.

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Highlights

  • Chimney Beach
  • Donner Pass
  • East Shore Trail
  • Emerald Bay
  • Gatekeepers Museum Area
  • Heavenly Gondola
  • Mt Rose Scenic Byway
  • Rubicon Trail
  • Tallac Historic Site

What to Expect

Lake Tahoe is the kind of place that has a little, and a lot, of everything. In fact it’s the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling across the Californian and Nevada borders.

You’ll be familiar with the iconic pristine beaches. The most famous of these would have to be Emerald Bay with photogenic vistas from Inspiration Point.  But Chimney Beach will also surely cast a spell over you. Laze on this undeveloped beach with giant boulders and glittering turquoise waters.

Tahoe’s best hike with historic mansions, waterfalls and even a lighthouse along the one way 4.5 mile (9 mile return) is Rubicon Trail.

Or for a more leisurely pace take in the gorgeous views from the many roadside viewpoints like Donner Pass, Mt Rose Summit Pass, or atop the Heavenly Gondola.

And if your preference is somewhere in between, the paved walking, cycling and wheelchair friendly East Shore Trail is the place to head.

Imagine how the rich and famous lived a hundred years ago at the historic Vikingsholm and Pope-Baldwin estates at the Tallac Historic Site or view collection of native basketry at Gatekeepers Museum Area.

You’ll find Lake Tahoe offers a lot to many!

Suggested Start Location

Sacremento, Reno or Carson City

Suggested Time

While you could tour in a single day, most will want to spend at least 2 days/nights.

Driving Distance

It’s approximately 70 miles around the lake. Add another 30 miles for visiting Donner Pass and Truckee.

FAQ

WHY IS LAKE TAHOE SO SPECIAL?

Lake Tahoe is the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling across the Californian and Nevada borders. It’s considered one of the purest large lakes in the world with iconic pristine beaches.

WHAT IS THE BEST MONTH TO GO TO LAKE TAHOE?

Tahoe is open year round, with the shoulder seasons bringing pleasant weather with average temperatures in the 60s and fewer tourists. Summer is the best time of year to lounge on beaches, float on paddleboards, and dip into the waters. Winter, of course, brings heavy snowstorms and lots of ski traffic on the weekends.

CAN YOU SWIM IN LAKE TAHOE?

With summer air temps in the 80s and water temps in the 50s, swimming is always going to be a bit chilly in Lake Tahoe – however, it sure beats 100 degree days in the Central Valley!

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED IN LAKE TAHOE?

Most Lake Tahoe visitors will want to spend at least two days and two nights here to get the most that Tahoe has to offer. For the full experience, four days is recommended.

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