If you’re traveling to California, make sure to put Lake Tahoe on the list. As a vacation spot, it’s simply one of the nicest places you can visit. Once host to the Winter Olympics in 1960, Lake Tahoe has an assortment of beautiful mountains with plenty of great tourist spots around the main lake. We’ll cover a few of them here to help you plan your next amazing vacation.
The skiing and snowboarding is one of the most popular tourist attractions. With over 100 lifts and 22,000 acres of ski and snowboard terrain to explore, you may find yourself coming back again and again. According to SkiLakeTahoe.com, some of the best places to hit the slopes would be Tahoe South, Reno Tahoe, and North Lake Tahoe.
From May to October, you can take guided horseback rides, ‘Steak Dinner’ rides, and even ride horse-drawn hay wagons offered by Camp Richardson Corral. For each tour, they’ll provide some great history lessons on the Lake Tahoe territory. You can visit their website to make reservations for hay wagon rides along the Tahoe shorelines, or pony rides for children under 5 years old.
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For that traditional sightseeing and dining experience on the lake, you cannot miss out on the cruise! Make sure to schedule your cruise in advance for a nice paddle wheel trip on the Tahoe Queen. Built in 1983, this charming boat is a great way to see the Emerald Bay and Fannette Island, combined with live music and great food.
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The amazing Vikingsholm castle is another must-see. It’s a 38 room estate that is based on the design of an actual, 1200 year old Viking castle and considered to be one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States. It’s often referred to as ‘Tahoe’s hidden castle’ and is located within Emerald Bay.
While you’re in town, one of the best ways to see the lake is to travel on bicycle. Whether you rent a speed bike for cruising the streets and covering distance, or maybe opt for some recreational lakeside touring with a comfortably-seated commuter bike, it’s a great way to see Lake Tahoe firsthand.
As a side note, if you were planning to visit the Ponderosa Ranch theme park, it has recently been sold and is off limits to visitors now. The theme park was originally inspired by the hit television series Bonanza in the mid twentieth century.
Regardless of what time of year you are going, here’s a big tip. Don’t miss a sunset while you are there! Check out all of the various trams, gondolas, and cable cars that are operational at the time you are going. This way you can get up the mountain for a spectacular view!