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Things to Do in Lake Tahoe This Summer

Things to Do in Lake Tahoe This Summer

Lake Tahoe is an outdoor lover’s paradise in the summer, with prime opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, beaches, and watersports from North Lake Tahoe down the west shore to South Lake Tahoe, home to Heavenly Mountain Resort. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy this alpine environment in the warmer months. 

  • Cruise from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay State Park by jet ski or boat. You’ll see Fannette Island and Vikingsholm, a Scandinavian-style castle, along the way. 

  • For an active, yet peaceful, mode of water transit, rent a stand-up paddleboard. 

  • Go rafting from Tahoe City down the Truckee River.

  • Ride the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram to the top of the ski resort, where you’ll catch panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains of the Sierra range.

  • Enjoy one of the many hiking trails; Eagle Falls is a favorite on the south shore.

  • Drive or take a tour around the circumference of the lake, which straddles Nevada and California. Just be sure to allot the whole day if you plan to stop for photo opps.  

  • Visit the old mining town of Virginia City, Nevada, to learn about the region’s Wild West history and take a ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

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Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II

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Take a boat tour on Lake Tahoe to soak up the alpine beauty of Emerald Bay, one of the lake’s most scenic spots. As you glide across the water on the M.S. Dixie II, admire the surrounding Sierra Nevadas, and cruise past Emerald Bay’s Fannete Island, the lake’s only island, as well as Vikingsholm Castle, a unique home on the shore. Plus, watch a video on board about the interesting underwater features of the lake.
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  • 2 hours
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M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise

M.S Dixie II Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Watch the sun slip behind the mountains on a Lake Tahoe dinner cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II, and enjoy champagne, live music and an elegant dinner on the water. Dance to tunes from the local Steve Walker Band, see a spectacular Sierra sunset, then sit down for a freshly prepared meal. Enjoy selections like grass-fed beef or trout, organic greens, and vegetables. Finish the evening with fresh berries and cake as the first stars appear above the peaks, and Lake Tahoe’s scenic shoreline is illuminated.
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  • 3 hours
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$99.00
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Lake Tahoe Ultimate Photography Scenic Half-Day Tour in Small-Group

Lake Tahoe Ultimate Photography Scenic Half-Day Tour in Small-Group

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Tahoe photographic tours offer a unique way to enjoy Lake Tahoe’s natural wonders and receive photography tips as you are led by an experienced photo guide who provides tips and shares information about the area. Whether you’re looking to snap a poster-worthy shot of snow-covered mountains, towering trees, wild flowers or the glassy lake itself, you’ll learn how to shoot in the great outdoors and see some of Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful natural sights, including Emerald Bay. Select either a half-day or full-day tour.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride

Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride

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Go back in time to the old Wild West on this tour from South Lake Tahoe to Virginia City, Nevada, including a train ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. With a guide, you’ll start your day trip by minibus, driving along part of the Pony Express. When you reach Virginia City, a National Historic Landmark District, take a 6.5-mile round-trip train ride before enjoying free time in town to explore at your leisure, perhaps visiting museums or a historical saloon.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

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Visit the wineries near Lake Tahoe on this day trip to the El Dorado AVA (American Viticultural Area), a wine appellation outside the town of Placerville in the Sierra foothills. Accompanied by a wine guide, you’ll enjoy visits to multiple wineries, where tastings are included at the first three. Also included are a stop at Boa Vista fruit orchard, an outdoor picnic-style lunch, and transport from South Lake Tahoe. If you’re interested in wine or agriculture, this is a great way to see more of this region of Northern California. 
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley

Full-Day Lake Tahoe Circle Tour including Squaw Valley

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Travel all the way around scenic Lake Tahoe in a comfortable shuttle on this 7-hour tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll cover close to 70 miles (110km), making stops at the beautiful vistas of Sand Harbor and Emerald Bay. You’ll also visit a charming village at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, and explore Tahoe City on the lake’s north shore, stopping to purchase lunch. As you go, your guide will provide rich historical context for the beautiful landscape surrounding you.
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  • 7 hours
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South Lake Tahoe Kayak Rental

South Lake Tahoe Kayak Rental

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Get an up-close look at Lake Tahoe with a kayak rental, which allows you to paddle across the water at your own pace, admiring the stunning mountain scenery or searching for hidden coves and beaches. With an easy-to-maneuver single kayak, you can paddle as fast or as slow as you wish to enjoy an outdoorsy workout or to simply relax. When booking, select a rental duration that suits your budget and schedule.
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  • 1 hour
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South Lake Tahoe Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

South Lake Tahoe Stand-Up Paddleboard Rental

Combine fun in the sun with a total body workout on the clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe. With a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rental, you can paddle across the lake at your own pace, using your legs to balance and stopping on the water or pulling up on a beach whenever you need a break. Enjoyable and exciting for water lovers of all ages, SUP-ing is easy to do and a memorable way to experience Lake Tahoe from a different vantage point.
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  • 1 hour
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1-Hour Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson on Lake Tahoe

1-Hour Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson on Lake Tahoe

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Take a 1-hour stand-up paddleboard (SUP) lesson on the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe. Your instructor provides all necessary gear and instruction for your introductory class on this popular water sport. Take in the granite mountains and pine forest that ring the largest alpine lake in North America.
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  • 1 hour
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Guided Tour of Historic Virginia City and Carson City from South Lake Tahoe

Guided Tour of Historic Virginia City and Carson City from South Lake Tahoe

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Go back in time to the American Wild West on this private tour from South Lake Tahoe to Virginia City, Nevada. Follow part of the old Pony Express to reach the area of the Comstock Lode, founded in 1859 during the Gold Rush, and hear about the days when Mark Twain walked the dusty streets. In Virginia City, a National Historic Landmark District, you have free time to explore on your own before stopping in Carson City on the way back to South Lake Tahoe.
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  • 6 hours
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