Things to Do Around Lake Tahoe

Things to Do Around Lake Tahoe
An ideal vacation spot, South Lake Tahoe is an outdoor utopia for enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. South Lake is rich in natural history and open for adventure year-round. Regardless of the season, you will find an endless supply of activities set in one of the most awe-inspiring areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Heavenly Village

Whether you are visiting in the winter or summer, you will find a variety of activities for the entire family. From skiing and boarding in the winter to taking the gondola up the mountain for a hike among the pines, fresh air and fun are plentiful. Featuring an array of shopping opportunities from sporting gear to local art, you can play a game of miniature golf or take in a movie after a long day of playing in the great outdoors.

Heavenly Village
1001 Heavenly Village Way
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Tallac Historic Site

Once a premier destination for San Francisco's socially elite families and considered the "Grandest Resort in the World", the United States Forest Service now manages the remains of Tallac Historic Site. Visitors to the site can take an interpretative behind the scenes tour of this once glorious summer retreat between June and September. If you are visiting in the winter months strap on your snowshoes or cross-country skis and take a self-guided tour while soaking in the views of Lake Tahoe.

Tallac Historic Site
Hwy 89
Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
(530) 541-5227

Taylor Creek Visitors Center

Learn first hand about the natural wonders of Taylor Creek for U.S. Forest Service Biologists as you stroll along the peaceful Rainbow Trail. Home to Kokanee Salmon, the time to visit Taylor Creek is during the month of October when the Kokanee battle upstream to breed while displaying a spectacular show.

Taylor Creek Visitors Center
Hwy 89
Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
(530) 543-2674

Horseback Riding

If you are ready to view South Lake Tahoe through a new perspective, consider taking a guided horseback riding tour. Open during the summer for guided trail rides and sleigh rides in the winter, you can choose from multiple trips lasting one hour to an overnight adventure. Located at Camp Richardson at Fallen Leaf Road or Cascade Stables near Desolation Wilderness, both locations offer endless photographic opportunities.

Camp Richardson
1900 Jameson Beach Rd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
(530) 541-3113

Cascade Stables
2199 Cascade Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-2055

Flume Trail

The Flume Trail begins at Spooner Lake in the Lake Tahoe State Park. It climbs 1100 feet before making its long descent. Not for the faint of heart, this 4.5-mile single track traverses several steep sections rewarding riders with awe-inspiring views of Lake Tahoe. Don't forget to pack your lunch to enjoy a picnic under the pine trees. Mountain bike rentals and shuttles to the trail are available at reasonable rates through Flume Trail Mountain Bikes.

Article Written By Patricia Poulin

Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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