Mark Twain once said that Lake Tahoe was “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Stunning blue water and lush forests take your breath away at every turn. Whether your ideal vacation is made up of adventure or relaxation, Lake Tahoe’s 71 miles of shoreline has something for everyone. Stay at an elegant hotel and kayak through North Lake Tahoe, then head east and south to see the area’s most beautiful spots.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is an award-winning luxury hotel in North Lake Tahoe. The hotel affords an elegant wilderness stay, reflecting its mountainous surroundings with features like in-room fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and complimentary s’mores at nighttime fire-pit gatherings. Make your Lake Tahoe getaway extra special with the Discover With You package. It includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast each morning, a s’mores welcome gift, and a $100 hotel credit per night of your stay, which you can use at the hotel’s restaurants, lounges, spa, and more.
North Shore Kayak Tour
Tahoe Adventure Company offers both land and water adventures all around Lake Tahoe. We recommend their North Shore Kayak Tour, a 3-6 mile trip through the pristine waters of North Lake Tahoe. Highlights include King’s Beach, Crystal Bay, and the deli spread lunch and snacks that are included with the tour. If you’re still feeling adventurous after you return to land, sign up for a different adventure or one of Tahoe Adventure Company’s multisport excursions.
Lone Eagle Grille
Styled to resemble a Tahoe lodge and boasting a beautiful lakefront view, the Lone Eagle Grille is a perfect lunch spot. Take a seat next to one of their many panoramic windows and enjoy seasonally inspired dishes. For a starter we recommend sharing the California Asparagus Salad, tossed with soft-boiled egg, manchego cheese, pine nuts, and lemon vinaigrette. Lone Eagle Grille also serves some of Lake Tahoe’s best burgers and sandwiches, like the Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder Sandwich, a mouth-watering combination of tender meat, pickled carrots, onions, and baby spinach, and spicy aioli.
Cross into Nevada and spend a day at Sand Harbor, a 55-acre stretch of Lake Tahoe featuring serene beaches, coves, and forest. Go for a swim or a scuba dive in the lake, or relax in the sun on shore. Be sure to pack a lunch to enjoy in the shady picnic area, and then explore Sand Harbor’s short trails. The Sand Harbor to Memorial Point Trail is a half-mile route that takes you to peaceful beaches and vistas, and the Sand Point Nature Trail ends in incredible views of the lake.
Take a day trip to South Lake Tahoe to see the famed Emerald Bay, one of Lake Tahoe’s most celebrated spots. Enjoy sweeping views of the bright blue bay and surrounding forest from 600 feet up at Inspiration Point, or from the six miles of shoreline at D.L. Bliss State Park. You can even venture out by boat to Fannette Island, a small outcropping in the middle of the bay that affords 360-degree views of Emerald Bay.