Cruise South Lake Tahoe in the M.S. Dixie II - a genuine paddle wheeler. With 3 decks and spacious dimensions, the award-winning M.S. Dixie II can carry up to 500 passengers. Departing from Zephyr Cove Resort & Marina, the M.S. Dixie II floats atop the beautiful waves and currents of the waters, giving visitors a whole new perspective of the lake.
Heavenly Mountain Resort combines 4,800 acres of nightlife venues and diverse terrain. Winter-based activities draw thousands of visitors to the area each year. Beautiful snow-capped mountains stand mightily over the scenic Lake Tahoe, making Heavenly quite distinct from other destinations. You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling during the winter and hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, water skiing and rock climbing during the summer months.
Since 1953 Tahoe Sport Fishing has been giving excited visitors and locals the opportunity to fish at the top tier Alpine Lake. All of the boat captains are highly experienced in jigging, drifting, and trolling, showing guests the hottest spots all year round. You can seasonally expect to see Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Mackinaw, and Kokanee Salmon. There is a combined daily limit at 5 fish per person.
Stunning views, a friendly staff and the world's only U.S.C.G. certified aircraft carrier vessel for hot air balloons. Come experience all three with Lake Tahoe Balloons in the 1-hour flight that takes you above Tahoe's interminable beauty. Flights are available mid-May through October via reservation, and it's recommended that you wear warm clothing! Departures are early in the morning, and they serve you a continental breakfast and the traditional champagne toast.
Tahoe City Treetop Adventure Park is considered by some to be "the coolest thing" they've ever done. The Adventure, vaguely reminiscent of the Endor scenes from "Star Wars," is a series of courses linked platform to platform atop the trees via bridges and zip lines. There are many types of courses for children of age 5 and above and regardless of athleticism.
Northstar is a luxury snowsports destination, featuring 3,170 acres of 20 lifts, 97 skiing and snowboarding trails, 7 premier terrain parks, a world-class snowmaking system, and California's largest lift-enforced bike park. As Northstar is a resort, there are also multitudes of non-sports entertainment. High fashion stores and fine dining are available as well.
It almost feels as though your heart stops for the brief second in which you glance upon Emerald Bay for the first time: the beauty and grandeur are second to none on the planet. The National Natural Landmark is one of Lake Tahoe's main attractions, glittering the sunlight off pristine waters and breaking breezes through the trees lining the bay. It truly just needs to be visited.
Pope Beach: the sands are groomed and the winds are controlled adeptly by the pine trees. There is a $7 parking fee during the summer, but biking and hiking are completely free year round. With picnic tables and grills, Pope Beach is a great family getaway. Just some tips: pets are not allowed; you have to bear in mind that the water could be quite cold. There are dining options all around, with a food truck that serves pizza and hot dogs, as well as a deli nearby.
Dedicated to the members of the Donner Camp who perished in the winter of 1846 and 1847, the Donner Memorial State Park offers activities for both seasons. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are among the activities you can do in the winter and fishing and hiking in the summer.
Baldwin Estate, the Pope Estate, and Valhalla encompass the Tallac Historic Site. Begin the tour at the Baldwin Museum, where exhibits display life in early Tahoe. Continue with the Pope House, where a Gatsby-esque lifestyle is explored with a grand kitchen and dining room. Walking around the nature and history of Valhalla is the last stage and here are held arts, music, and theater festivals. Check the website for a listing of events.
Kalani's regulars are welcomed with a warm "Aloha" as they first enter the popular establishment, followed by a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Combining the flavors of the Pacific Rim, Kalani's spins European and Asian spices and techniques into every dish. Much of the fish is imported from the Hawaiian Islands themselves, and the steaks derive from local ranches. Delve into the sushi bar before heading into the Puka Lounge, where guests can enjoy exotic and tropical wines, beer, and cocktails.
Artemis was the widely venerated Greek goddess of the hunt. In turn, Artemis Mediterranean Grill channels her symbolism through preparing fresh meats and fish daily from scratch. The products used are local, free-range and organic, crafting dishes that the goddess herself would love.
Voted "Most Romantic Restaurant" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Christy Hill sits 100 feet atop of the Lake Tahoe bay. The waterfront and the mountain panorama accompany each meal, and the chefs use seasonal ingredients to create a French-Californian fusion cuisine. Select wine from a list that has received a Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence" since 1982.
Voted "Best Italian Food" for the past decade by locals, Tep's Villa Roma offers not only a traditional Italian cuisine, but also a large cocktail and fine wine list. Check out some of the appetizers and specialties which include mussel and shrimp cocktails. The homemade rolls and garlic sticks also worth a try.
Evan's American Gourmet Café makes its home in a quaint Tahoe cabin encircled by verdant trees. The menu is an amalgam of different flavors and cultures, lending to its Top Zagat rating. Fresh ingredients are hand picked by the chef in order to create unique, healthy and delicious meals every time. The daily specials often encompass great seafood, and the wine list incorporates the best of California's vineyards.
Fire Sign has been featured on the Food Channel in Rachel Ray's "Tasty Travels," and has also been written about numerous times for publications including the New York Times, Travel & Leisure Magazine, and Ski Magazine. And in 2011, locals voted the cafe "1" for "Best Breakfast." If you're still unconvinced, then check out a menu that spans New American, Mexican, Soul, Vegan, and Vegetarian cuisine for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
Trokay Café is streamlined and modern in the style of New York's upscale cafes. The owners place emphasis on sustainability, creating dishes that are entirely focused on the ingredients. The result is a menu of creative, innovative meals for lunch, dinner and dessert, as well as fine wines, cheeses, beer, coffees, and teas. The dishes take on the appearance of modern art.
Blue Angel Cafe in South Lake Tahoe is open both for lunch and dinner. The cuisine is multicultural and modern, and there's also a wine, beer, and espresso bar. Seasonal specials are offered including drinks like the homemade mulled wine and sangria. There's even a fireplace.
It's not often that you hear the words "bar" and "family" in the same breath, but Blue Coyote is exactly that: a family friendly sports bar. There are arcade games for kids and 18 flat screen televisions featuring satellite coverage of every game. When it comes to food, traditional American favorites are the specialty of the day. Pizza, wings, burgers, sandwiches, and salads comprise the menu. For drinks, the full bar has 13 beers on tap.
Gar Woods, located nearby in Carnelian Bay, is a top dining establishment along the North Lake Tahoe waterfront. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious decks and balconies, and great lakefront views. The upscale restaurant boasts Californian cuisine, and the wine list features some of the state's best wine brands.
Residing within the Sunnyside Resort is the Sunnyside Restaurant. In the Lakeside Dining Room, guests are treated to succulent steaks and seafood, complemented by one of the restaurant's many fine wines. After dinner, head to the adjacent Mountain Grill for a more casual, lively environment.
Sidestreet Boutique is a popular fashion boutique in South Lake Tahoe. The store has celebrated success for over thirty years, reeling in locals and curious visitors who all seek the same thing: premium quality and the latest trends all at a reasonable price. Sidestreet carries women's, men's and children's apparel, as well as accessories, formal wear, and tuxedos.
The Shops at Heavenly cover everything from general apparel and jewelry stores, to sporting goods and gift shops. Clothing stores include names like Patagonia, Del Sol, and Apricot Lane Boutique, while names like Quicksilver fall under sporting goods. Also be sure to stop for a bite to eat or something to sip on at one of Heavenly's many eateries.
The European-inspired Cobblestone Center is North Lake Tahoe's picturesque shopping village. Soak in the sun as you admire the Bavarian architecture that models the various retail stores, businesses, restaurant, and theater. Cobblestone offers an eclectic mix of services, from nail salons to a wine and bar shop, so be sure to make room in your trunk for all of the goods.
Boatworks Mall is located in the spectacular Tahoe City. The two-story shopping center satiates all of your shopping desires, with furnishing, jewelry, apparel, art, shoe, game stores, and more. There are great views of Lake Tahoe throughout the mall, making the shopping experience quite a memorable one.
There's nothing as assuaging as fishing, and Lake Tahoe is one of the world's best locations for seasoned and beginner fishermen. The Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is a fly-fishing specialty store, which provides you with everything you are looking for a day of success on the waters. Equipment, supplies, a wildlife gallery, and a friendly, knowledgeable are all in one place.
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
The Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL) is 3 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe. While TVL does not have scheduled passenger airline flights, it is served by two airports: served by Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) in Nevada and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in California. Ground transportation to and from TVL is available via BlueGo transit systems. Car rentals are available through Avis, Enterprise and Hertz. Additional transportation is serviced through Reno Tahoe Limousine Service and Yellow Cab.
Lake Tahoe beckons visitors all year long as the area boasts a wide range of activities. Spring and summer in Lake Tahoe are warm and favorable for hiking. The winter season is also very popular as the area provides perfect conditions for winter sports, and moreover, the temperatures are not that low.