North Lake Tahoe is known for its endless outdoor experiences. From skiing & ice skating in the winter to mountain biking & kayaking in and around Lake Tahoe, you’ll never run out of options. But, while you are out there, make your way to a location where a beautiful view is the centerpiece of your active day. We’ve put together a bucket list of our Top Scenic Experiences in this picturesque area. Whether you’re adventuring in the water or on the trails or skiing on snowy winter mountain tops, we think you’ll love these backdrops.
On the Water
The magnificent centerpiece of North Lake Tahoe is big, beautiful Lake Tahoe. So, let’s start right in the middle! Book a sailing cruise out of Tahoe City to truly experience the views. We love Tahoe Sailing Charters’ sunset cruise on their 50 foot sailboat for one of the most beautiful ways to take in the views from the lake, complete with gorgeous alpenglow. The views and the feeling of the wind in your hair in the middle of Lake Tahoe can’t be beat.
If a picturesque day full of activities in and around Lake Tahoe is more your speed, make your way to D. L. Bliss State Park. The park covers 1,830 acres including nature trails winding throughout, an interpretive visitor center, camping and a unique view from Rubicon Point where you overlook one of the lake’s deepest spots. Whether you launch your stand up paddle board from the white sand beach for the day or spend the night camping under the stars, you’ll be glad you came.
On the Trails
Next on the list is one of our very favorite hikes. Eagle Rock is a quick 0.70 mile out and back trail to one of the best viewpoints of Lake Tahoe. Because this trail is both kid and dog friendly, you can share the view with all your favorite family members. It just might be the perfect spot to snap a pic for this year’s holiday card, so be sure to bring the whole gang.
For one of the most unique hikes in Tahoe, make your way to Donner Pass. Built in the 1800s and used by trains until 1993, the Historic Donner Pass Summit Tunnels are a site to see. The contrast of the bright graffiti on the tunnel walls and beautiful alpine views to Donner Lake below are something you’ll be glad you experienced. Be sure to bring layers as the tunnels can be quiet cold, even in the heat of the summer.
On the Snow
If you haven’t already had the chance, head to Homewood, “Where the mountains meet the lake”, for phenomenal winter views. Because of its location across Highway 89 from Lake Tahoe, on some Homewood runs you feel like you could ski right in for an après ski swim.
At Alpine Meadows, they’ve even named a chairlift after the gorgeous view. As you arrive at the top of the Lakeview chairlift, you get a sweeping view of Lake Tahoe below. What could be better than a beautiful view to go along with your powder turns?