Although Southern Lake Tahoe and Stateline Part of California has the most numbers of Hotels, Inns, Motels and Bed and Breakfast Accomodations, Stateline Nevada has the 5 Casinos to pack them in (MontBleu , Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Horizon, and Harveys Lake Tahoe, The Lakeside Inn) as only the Nevada Side Allows Gambling, so many of the people staying at Stateline California and South Lake Tahoe either use their vehicles to to Stateline Nevada or just walk across Stateline Avenue (the boundary of Nevada and California) to the Nevada Side or ride the assorted Stateline Casino Shuttles that go to and from the various inns and hotels around the area to Stateline Nevada for just 1 US Dollar a ride.
There are more activities along the Southern Lake Tahoe Area than the Northern Lake Tahoe Area as Brockway and Incline Village and Crystal Bay are small towns along the Northern Lake but along the Southern Shores, you have the Bustling Twin Towns of Stateline California and Nevada and South Lake Tahoe. Plus there are more ski resorts, hotels, commercial facilities, watersport facilities along the Southern Shore and Casinos on the Nevada Side of Stateline. If you want for peace and quiet, stay at the Northern Part, if you want more attractions and things to do, stay at the Southern Part.
If you are driving to Stateline and South Lake Tahoe From the Northern Part or via Highway 395 South, then upon Entering the Lincoln Highway (US Route 50) you will pass the Cave Rock Tunnel, which is the only tunnel along the Lakeside Route in Lake Tahoe and is sacred to the Washoe Indian Tribe. It is located about 7 miles (11 kilometers) North of Stateline and around the area are sweeping views of Lake Tahoe.
according to Wikipedia:
The tunnels carry U.S. Route 50 through Cave Rock, a mountain along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe. There are numerous small caves adjacent to the south portal of both tunnels which give the rock its name. The tunnel is located between the towns of Zephyr Cove and Glenbrook along the US 50 corridor. This portion of US 50 is a National Scenic Byway, part of the Lake Tahoe - Eastshore Drive. The westbound bore is 153 feet (47 m) long and features exposed rock; the eastbound bore features a concrete liner and is 410 feet (120 m) long. The tunnels are an elevation of at approximately 6,360 feet (1,940 m), about 80 feet (24 m) above the level of the lake.
If you are Going Along Lake Tahoe for a drive and want to go back to San Francisco along a separate track than the Busy Interstate 50, you can drive via the Highway 50, which cuts through South Lake Tahoe, also knowned as the loneliest road in america, driving back to San Francisco via Lincoln Highway is a longer route than going via Interstate 5 but the views here are more spectacular and the roads are winding and there are lots of hairpin turns. the end is at Sacramento whrere you will return to I-5. Several hairpin turns take the highway up a grade east of Strawberry, after which US 50 continues east alongside the river to its source at Echo Summit. Echo Summit is the highest elevation U.S. Route 50 reaches in California at 7,377 feet (2,249 m). From Echo Summit down to the Lake Tahoe Basin, the roadway slowly descends the side of a steep hill; it then curves northeast and meets SR 89, which heads south to Luther Pass and overlaps US 50 northeast into the city of South Lake Tahoe. Where US 50 and SR 89 split, at an intersection known as "The Y", the former turns east on the four-lane Lake Tahoe Boulevard, which it follows to and along the south shore of Lake Tahoe, then it enters Nevada state.
Though I've never considered myself a "nature lover" I do like natural settings and landscapes. Mostly I like the vibe of a community such as I found here high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Though much of the work they do is harder they still live easier in a general sense, so basically everyone is more peaceful.
Lake Tahoe is surrounded by beauty and from any location the views are spectacular! Whether you are a nature lover or a city dweller, like me, there is a time and a place for you at the Lake.
The farthest you need to hike for this view, is up a few steps, through the restauant and out on the dining deck. Of course, for those who love the outdoor trails the views are just as exciting and satisfying.
Tahoe is a small community and it is possible to see almost everything in a day or two. It will, however take a bit longer to actually do everything.
There is Water skiing in the summer and Snow skiing in the winter, not to mention the cozy evenings by the fire in the evenings. Hiking, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, biking and camping are just some of the activities to do up here.
As for me, I took a drive around the lake, went to the grocery store, viewed the neighborhoods and ate in a few restaurants, but what I enjoyed most was sitting out on the deck watching the flora and fauna in all it's natural splendor.
In my opinion, there is no better viewpoint of Lake Tahoe than Cave Rock State Park. The park is actually in Nevada, and sits at the foot of Cave Rock; parking is supposedly $5. From the parking lot, there is a beautiful view across the lake to Mt. Tallac and the peaks of the Desolation Wilderness. To the north is Cave Rock, which US 50 tunnels through. While you're here, be sure to peer down into the lake; 50 years ago, visitors could look over 90 feet down. Today, visibility in Lake Tahoe has been reduced to less than 60 feet, mainly due to pollution and development on the lake's south shore.
We rented a boat and attempted to go parasailing with Tahoe Sports Ski Run Boat Company. The boat was great with just a couple of minor repair problems. However, the staff communication was terrible for both the boat and the parasailing.
RE BOAT: We were told that we could reserve the boat for the afternoon and then told we could only reserve it for beginning at 10 am. They they said that we could reserve it for 12 noon, but only on Monday. We were told that we would get a 25% discount because of the shade cover being broken. We were not told that we had to give up our already agreed upon discount of 15% before getting the 25% discount.
---We were told that we had a choice of going parasailing tandem or solo as long as the weight is over 90 pounds. Then we were told that everyone had to go tandem.
---We were not told that we had to be there 1/2 hour early. We arrive early, however, and checked in, but then were not called to tell us to go to the boat, so we missed the parasailing.
---We were told that observers could change to flyers by telling the boat captain and then were told that we had to give 24 hours notice.
---We were told to fill out one waiver form for people at the same address, then told each person had to fill out a form separately.
When we expressed our dismay at the communications problems, the office manager manager was rude saying that it was all our fault for making assumptions and misunderstanding. When we went to the site manager, he said that it is always customers trying to get something for nothing.
Obviously, I would recommend a different vendor for boat rental and parasailing.
There are 3 ski resorts on the South end of the lake. Heavenly, Kirkwood and Sierra. Sierra is slightly smaller than Kirkwood and a nice mountain for any kind of skier. Family oriented. Lift tickets were 50/day last winter.
I hear the snow pack is great this winter. My Mom lives close by and she said they have been having record snowfall all around the basin.
It was $15 for a car load. Lot's of fun, and if you go during the week, it is not very crowded.
It's on Hiway 50, about 1 mile before you start down into the valley. The snowpark is on the south side of the road.
If you're ever snowed in or just want a day off the slopes, then head down to TAHOE BOWL. They have the electronic scoring plus they serve BOB DOG PIZZA... Great food, great game... Now just stop throwing gutter balls!
I guess I have mixed feeling about carriage rides. Yet, horses are meant to work and they are happiess when they are. Borges Family Sightseeing Carriage Rides looked fun, but we decided not too. Just wanted to walk around and explore by ourselves. They have been in business for 30 years. The carriages are of antique European carriage pulled by either a beautiful 2,000 pound Blond Belgian draft horses or one of the family's rare American-Russian Baskhir Curlies. They take you around sharing history of the local area. I would read the site very carefully and ask questions before you get your tickets. There seems to be some very unhappy customers and some who enjoyed it. Check the web site or give them a called to make reservations.
Tucked away in the corner and near the mini golf course is the Cinema. Kind of nice when your trying to entertain the whole family.
Box Office Hours are as follows:
OPEN 15 MINUTES BEFORE FIRST SHOWING
CLOSE 15 MINUTES AFTER LAST SHOW
FOR ALL SHOWS UP TO 5:30 PM
CHILDREN 3 AND UNDER
$7.50 FOR SENIORS AND CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER
$10.00 FOR GENERAL ADMISSION
What is so unique is during summer months this is a 18 hole mini golf course and during the winter months it converts to a ice skating rink. It looks like a wonderful place to spend the day, plus it gives some fun things to do for the kids.
There lots to see and explore around Heavenly Village. Lots of wonderful places to sit and enjoy the outdoors and some very lovely sculptures and beautiful field of flowers. There is also a beautiful fountain in the middle.
Monday through Sunday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday through Thursday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Christmas/New Years Holiday Season:
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.
Sunday through Thursday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM *hours subject to change. Please call shop directly to confirm.
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