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Best things to do in Lake Tahoe

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

State / Provincial Park
“Emerald Bay State Park on the southwest area of Lake Tahoe is home to park is home to Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. The views from any part of the Bay are fantastic. The park contains the only island in Lake Tahoe, Fannette Island where a small teahouse was built by the owner of the Vikingsholm Castle. The park is accessible by State Route 89 near the southwest shore of the lake. Emerald Bay is one of Lake Tahoe's most photographed and popular locations. In 1969, Emerald Bay was recognized as a National Natural Landmark by the federal Department of the Interior. In 1994, California State Parks included the surrounding water of the bay as a part of the park, making Emerald Bay one of the first underwater parks of its type in the state, protecting the various wrecks and other items on the bay's bottom. There are several camping areas in Emerald Bay including Eagle Point Campground, Bayview Campground and the boat-in campground on the West side of the bay. Parking around the bay is small and will cost you about $8 for the day. You can also access the popular Desolation Wilderness hiking and camping area from the Eagle Falls parking area.”
172 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful lake, lots of hiking, great views, brick oven pizza, outdoor music etc ”
108 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“Great resort for avid skiers and snowboarders, with tons of amenities for non-winter sports fanatics like a mountain top bar and lounge. Take the Gondola up and enjoy spectacular views of the lake!”
126 locals recommend
Lodging
“3.8 miles from the Airbnb home, a quick car ride to the heart of south Lake Tahoe!”
76 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“If you're looking for a Tahoe lakeview for drinks, lunch, or dinner, then this is a dining room with a view. Bring your beach shoes and hang out on the rocks or dock after your drinks or meal. ”
115 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Another one of our favorites. Great water view, service and food. Our favorite dishes are; Braised Short Ribs, Mixed Seafood Hot Pie and Brick Pressed Chicken. It can get pretty busy at the bar. I recommend getting there early if you want seating at the bar or out door seating during the warm months.”
114 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“For breakfast, everyone heads to the friendly Fire Sign for down-home omelets, blueberry pancakes, eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, fresh made-from-scratch pastries and other carbo-loading bombs, plus organic coffee. In summer, hit the outdoor patio. Lines are usually very long, so get here early. Everything from sausages to Bloody Mary mix is made from scratch at this homey, rustic diner, a West Tahoe institution since 1978. Diners settle in for breakfast and lunch near the stone fireplace in the winter and on the shaded patio in the summer, and on busy mornings, they wait for tables while sipping coffee at the adjacent Annex.”
96 locals recommend
Café
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“We can't praise this place enough! Sprouts Cafe offers clean, healthy eating at it's best: Delicious breakfast bagels, Salads, Tempeh burgers, Brown rice bowls, Fresh squeezed juices, Smoothies fused with wheatgrass and superfoods.”
93 locals recommend
Grocery Store
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“Everything you need. Although in California you cannot checkout in the self-checkout lane with alcohol. You must use the regular lanes.”
58 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Delicious pizza right in the heart of Heavenly Village. Gets very busy, and doesn't take reservations, but is worth it if you can get in!”
61 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Sand Harbor is considered the most beautiful beach in Lake Tahoe. It is located on the Nevada side of the lake in the Lake Tahoe National Park. The beach has a small museum and store, bathrooms, showers, parking, a boat launch, picnic tables and BBQs and plenty of golden sand to put down a blanket and umbrella. Some areas around the beach have rocks that you can jump off of. There is a parking fee at Sand Harbor during the summer and fall months. During the summer season, Sand Harbor has beach lifeguards. The boat launch area of Sand Harbor is located on the North side of the beach and launch fees and boat inspections apply. There is also a bay just for SCUBA divers called Diver's Cove.”
74 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Best "quick view" of Lake Tahoe essesntial if your time is short. Great Apres Ski, or just drop in for late lunch or Happy Hour. Bar has crasft beers, wine, crab cakes, sliders and pizza. You can sit on the beach around a fireplace and gaze across the lake at Mt. Tallac.”
81 locals recommend
Casino
“Some of the best stars and bands play here and you can get REALLY great ticket prices at their box office in the casino. Check out the casino website before your visit to see who's playing. Even the cover bands rock!”
74 locals recommend
Bar
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“Next to a bike path, Fanny Bridge, North Lake Tahoe Historical Society and the Gatekeeper's Museum. Lots to see with some tasty food. https://www.tahoebridgetender.com/”
66 locals recommend
Casino
“Casino, Restaurants, Shopping. Use to have a good breakfast deal. Don't know if its still around”
36 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Local shops and boutiques. Great selection of fun and interesting shops in an outdoor mall setting.”
56 locals recommend