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Top Twenty Things To Do

There are so many things to do here, besides skiing/snowboarding in winter, and boating, fishing, hiking, biking,  kayaking, going to the beach, stand up paddle, zip lining, etc. in summer, and great dining, shows/events and gambling all year round....ask us about these activities when you check in. 

The following with credit to Mountain News

1. Heavenly Gondola

This 138-car cable ride whisks you from the downtown casino area to high on the mountain in under 12 minutes. On the way up you'll find a huge deck with absolutely stunning views, and at the end food and drinks too. Cost is $34. (775) 586-7000.

11. Around the Lake

It's 72 miles around the Lake whether you drive or bike. Particularly on a bicycle, it's best to go in a clockwise direction so that you are always on the Lake side of the road.

2. Paddlewheeler Cruise

Take a cruise on the Tahoe Queen or M.S.Dixie II Sternwheelers. Catch the Queen at Ski Run Marina, (530) 541-3364. The Dixie boards at Zephyr Cove, (800) 238-2463.

12. Historical Museum

Housed in a historic building that was once the community library, it's small but packed with fascinating exhibits. Open 11am -3pm Wed-Sun. (530) 541-5458. Free.

3. Tallac Historic Site

Just north of Camp Richardson on Hwy 89. Tour three early 1900s mansions where the rich really knew how to spend their summers. Art shows and special events abound in an old-world atmosphere under the cool shade of tall pine trees. (530) 542-2787.

13. Lake Tahoe Community College

An art gallery, programs and presentations, a demonstration garden and the joy of learning in the air. Al Tahoe Blvd. (530) 541-4660.

4. Vikingsholm

This authentic, historic replica of a Scandinavian castle is down a short steep trail from Eagle Falls on Highway 89 on the shore of Emerald Bay. Frequent tours. (530) 525-7232

14. Rent a Bicycle

Tahoe is known for extreme mountain bike trails, but it's also a great place to rent a beach cruiser and, you guessed it, cruise the beaches. Heavenly valley Lodge also has bikes for guests.

5. Emerald Bay

The famed bay at the base of Eagle Falls with the tiny, castle-topped Fannette Island is said to be the most photographed scenery in the world.

15. Kirkwood Mountain Resort

It's the same mountain, and you still ride up in the chairlift, but in summer you fly downhill on a bike, not skis at this Alpine resort. Climbing wall and zip line too. (209) 258-6000.

6. See a Movie

Might we suggest Heavenly Village Cinema. This state-of-the-art facility has stadium seating and great sound. After the movie (or before) stroll around Heavenly Village. (530) 544-1110. Note: Heavenly Valley Lodge also has a library of over 500 complimentary DVDs.

16. Stateline Casinos

Each one has a different personality. Take time to appreciate the decor before you start dropping in those coins. Take in a show, dine in elegance, or in a casual 24-hour coffee-shop.

7. Grover Hot Springs

This state park is the place to unwind. A large concrete pool is filled by six mineral hot springs, a cool pool provides heat relief. Markleeville. (530) 694-2248.

17. Tahoe Flea Market

The Tahoe Flea Market takes place every Saturday and Sunday through Labor day then Sundays through October. Located one mile south of the airport. (530) 541-3967.

8. Hope Valley

With soaring scenery, magnificent meadows and rushing streams, it's a world apart. Visit Sorensen's Resort. You'll enjoy great food, good fishing, and a warm welcome.

18. City Recreational Facility

Ice rink, Olympic size pool, weight room, gym, activities for all ages. Drop off the kids for a fun-filled, well-supervised day while you do grown-up stuff. (530) 542-6055.

9. USFS Visitor Center

Maps, books, posters and friendly rangers. Don't miss the Stream Profile Chamber, where you'll see directly into Taylor Creek. Beach access, trails. Get your Wilderness permit too. Hwy 89. (530) 573-2674.

19. Shopping, Shopping...

Forget the big-box stuff, Tahoe shopping is about smaller retail outfits. Hot spots include The Village Center at Park Ave, and Hwy 50, and Shops at Heavenly Village located at the Gondola area near Stateline, and the Ski Run marina which has lots of art galleries.

10. Fallen Leaf Lake

This little sister to Tahoe is fed by the roaring Glen Alpine Falls and sits at the southern base of 10,000-foot Mt. Tallac.

20. Miniature Golf

Magic Carpet Gold is a Tahoe landmark located in the middle of town at 2455 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (530) 541-3787. There's also a miniature golf course at Heavenly Village. 1001 Heavenly Village Way. (530 542-1215.


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