10 Best Sightseeing Spots in Tahoe on (and above) the Lake

The beauty of Lake Tahoe is easily accessible for sightseeing. Whether you want to be right on the water or thousands of feet above it, here are the 10Best ways to get to know Big Blue.

One of the best ways to see the lake up close and personal is on one of the paddlewheel tours that take you to Emerald Bay. The M.S. Dixie II that launches from Zephyr Cove or the smaller Tahoe Queen that launches from the Ski Run Marina on the South Shore will take you sightseeing with very little effort. If you want to get some exercise during your sightseeing, visit Adrift Tahoe in Kings Beach where they will outfit you for a paddleboard and oar to see the lake at your pace. Another action-oriented way to visit the lake is by parasail. Sail above the blue water with North Shore Parasail.

Families will have fun at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center where you will see spawning salmon and maybe even a brown bear. You can also take the little ones up to Squaw Valley's High Camp to do some swimming in the summer or ice skating in the winter. If you really want to get the family away from it all (and they are good hikers) take the Tallac Trail up to the top of the mountain to see the entire South Shore.



Soar Truckee is located near the Truckee, California airport and offers guided glider tours of North Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada. Soar Nevada is staffed by FAA certified experts in the sport of soaring, so you are in good hands as you sail...  Read More



Skydive Lake Tahoe offers tandem skydives over Lake Tahoe with professionally trained tandem instructors. Flights take off from the small town of Minden near Carson City, Nev. and take passengers up over 12,000 feet above Lake Tahoe. Each...  Read More



The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located near Camp Richardson on the south shore of Lake Tahoe. It is free to enter and offers both adult and children an up-close view of the local flora and fauna. The paved trails and bridges throughout the...  Read More



This friendly and laid back rental store in Kings Beach rents and offers lessons on Standup Paddleboarding, Kayaking, and Surfing on Lake Tahoe's beautiful North Shore. They have Standup Paddleboards for rent and sale, along with all the...  Read More



The Tahoe Rim Trail follows the shore of Lake Tahoe and is one of the world's premier trails. It passes through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas. This...  Read More



One of the most fantastic views of Lake Tahoe is from the seat of a parasail. North Shore Parasail is the original parasailing company on the lake, so you'll certainly be working with experts. The trip starts out with a boat ride along the North...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Cruise the lake in this charming paddlewheeler, which was built in Mississippi in 1983 and shipped to Lake Tahoe to take visitors around the lake. The triple-decked vessel is a favorite of vacationers, who love the bygone thrill of lake...  Read More

Wild Goose II Boat Charters


The Wild Goose II is a 36-foot Grand Craft commuter built in the style and quality of the original wooden boat era. The company offers several cruises and private charter options around Lake Tahoe. The Wild Goose II is U.S. Coast Guard...  Read More



The Gondola at Heavenly is open during the winter for skiers and non-skiers and open all year long for visitors to the lake who want a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe. The ticket to the top is a little pricey ($38), but you can stay at the top as...  Read More



Emerald Bay State Park on the southwest area of Lake Tahoe is home to park is home to Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm, a 38-room mansion that is one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere. The views from any...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina