Things to Do in Tahoe City
August 24, 2021
A common denominator of things to do in Tahoe City and the West Shore is the great outdoors. Leaning over Tahoe City’s Fanny Bridge staring at the Truckee River’s water as it feeds Lake Tahoe, holding ski poles in anticipation of a downhill mountain run, tromping around under the pines on winding trails ... well, Mother Nature is the key to all of the invigoration things to do in Tahoe City! And even though Olympic athletes put this place on the map, you don’t have to be a pro at any sport to enjoy every one that’s found here. Anyone with a sense of adventure will have fun with all the things to do in Tahoe City.
Ward Creek Park and Paige Meadows are places to enjoy simple and natural Tahoe City activities. Snowshoe or simply build snow people with your kids during winter, and walk your dog past warm weather floral displays when the temperatures edge toward warmer.
Have you checked out things to do in Tahoe City that will nourish your well-being, such as yoga classes and other mind, body and soul classes held at area studios? Visitors, whatever the length of their stay, are always warmly welcomed. Another great resource for Tahoe City things to do is the public library at the Boatworks Complex. Kid and adult events occur frequently.
Outdoors Things to Do in Tahoe City
Hiking remains a favorite thing to do in Tahoe City with the many trailheads that lead into the Desolation Wilderness. Be sure to get your trail pass at Forest Service Ranger Stations, and bring plenty of drinking water. Biking is also big here thanks to a paved path from Tahoe City and along the West Shore.
Speaking of water, have you been to it yet? Public beaches and marinas offer plenty of ways to appreciate Lake Tahoe. Swim, kayak, rent paddleboards or charter a boat and go fishing. Standing or moving, sitting or meditating, the diversity of Tahoe City things to do will bring out the best in every Lake Tahoe stay.
Ed Z'Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park is your best bet for winter camping. Also open with a larger selection of sites in the summer, the park is positioned to take advantage of both the beautiful natural setting of Lake Tahoe and the historic aspects. Within the park is access to the Hellman-Ehrmann Mansion that was built in 1905. The property is still exquisitely maintained and is an excellent representation of the wealthy side of Tahoe. There are various trailheads, swimming beaches and great fishing within the park as well as a Nature Center that helps visitors identify the local flora and fauna. In the winter the park hosts full moon snowshoe expeditions, historical tours via snowshoe and a groomed cross-country track. Dogs are allowed on leash only. Visitors should remember to pack it in, pack it out and leave no trace.
Around Tahoe Tours is your best bet for getting a true feel and knowledge of the Tahoe area. Created by Chris and Darin Talbot, the tour agency is a culmination of their knowledge that began when they moved to the area in 1977. Tours include private tours and group tours, ranging from either one to four people or five to eight people. The tours focus on all of the various areas of the Tahoe Basin, from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee, including their Comstock Tour that travels to Virginia City in Nevada. Each tour gives special attention to the highlights and gems that each area offers.
DL Bliss State Park is a culmination of absolute Tahoe beauty in the form of stunning turquoise water, old-growth forests and giant cartoon-like granite boulders that balance themselves like toys in amazing ways. There are multiple hiking trails that lead from the park, giving plenty of opportunities to enjoy the splendor that outdoor Tahoe has to offer, and you'll find several good dive spots here too. To help enjoy the area even more, there are 150 regular campsites and one group site, all having easy access to the water via various points around the park. The park is also good for dogs as long as they're on a leash at all times and not on the trails. The park does not allow day use visitors once the parking lots are full.
Sunnyside Marina is all about boat, Jet Ski, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. Enjoy a relaxing day on the lake with one of their premium rental options such as Cobalt boats. Additional offerings include chartered boat rentals and watersport lessons with a certified captain. Have fun wake surfing, wakeboarding and tubing. Their friendly staff will get you on the lake safely and is happy to recommend places to explore.
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