This was commissioned by William Harrah to be placed in front of his casino in Tahoe. Sculpted by Avard Fairbanks and he has sculpted many other beautiful pieces of work all over the country. I hope they never move this beautiful statue.
The plaque reads:
In Commemroation of The Pony Express a fleeting and exciting epoch in the Winning of the West erected April 4th, 1963 by Harrah's William F. Harrah, President. The first Pony Express Rider passed here April 4th, 1860 on his way to Friday's Station are mount point 4/10th of a mile northwest at Edgewood, Nevada.
The Poney Express Seal:
National Pony Express Centennial Association 1860-61 Trail Marker 1860-61. Founders Operators Owners Pony Express Russell- Majors- Waddell
Sierra-at-Tahoe is our most favorite resort. Their lessons are excellent for novices and the staff is wonderful. They have a quick quad-lift and offer a lot of varied terrain for all skill levels. What's great about this place for skiers & snowboarders alike is that you all end up at the same place so if you've got a family of 5, it's real easy to keep track of everyone. You don't have to search the whole mountain to get your party back together. They also offer tubing so it's perfect for the little ones or if you just want to take a break from skiing/snowboarding.
The Truckee River Raft Co. is located on River Road/ Highway 89 in the heart of Tahoe City, California. The raft excursions consist of a leisurely, self guided, five mile float down the Truckee River. These trips usually take two to three hours to complete and they are the only rafting concession that exits directly onto the River Ranch landing. During your float they encourage you to have lunch, drinks or just sit back and enjoy the view!! . Patrons can catch a free shuttle bus back to their vehicles!! It was a Blast!
The drive I mention is not intended for an RV. You could do it, but it would be slow and the mountain slopes would be costly in gasoline. A car or van would be no problem.
Kingsbury Grade is a seasonal mountain pass that has some spectacular vistas. It goes from South Lake over the eastern range down to the Carson Valley. Takes ~1 hour.
From there to Virginia City, again ~1 hour. Virginia City is well worth the stop. Its what many call a "living ghost town" with an old west feel to it.
From Virginia City, you can go out the north side of town, as if you were going to Reno, and continue up NV-431. From Virginia City to Incline Village on the north side of the Lake takes ~1.5 hours.
Traveling between Incline and SLT on the eastern side will be ~45 minutes.
There are so many hiking trails around Lake Tahoe - all of them with breathtaking views. There are short hikes that are even suitable for children, and there are day-long-hikes which would take you all the way to the magnificent peaks of the Tahoe Sierras. My favorite short/easy hike is the hike to the upper eagle falls (maybe around 30 min one way). The trailhead is across the highway from Inspiration Vista Point (Emerald Bay vista point on Highway 89). My favorite day-long hike is Mt Tallac, and next is Ralston Peak (along Highway 50).
Drive around the lake and stop at any of the lovely small lakeside towns. There are water sports available too. At Kings Beach, you can rent kayaks or jetskii, or just lie down and relax in the sand (when it's warm enough :D ).
I went for a ride with my nephew and I was amazed by the beauty that is Lake Tahoe! About 10 mins into our ride we encountered a Coyote and I was so taken by the size and natural beauty of this animal in his natural habitat.
Also I saw the Balloon rides available out on the lake,this will be something to do in the future!
Once you arrive at the Lake you are taken by the beautiful color! Emerald Green and when the light is right a Blue - Green...Its just a great place to and I am so glad I have found time to enjoy up here! Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the Lake.
This summer my family and I rented Kayaks from Sierra Sport Rentals 775-588-0970 and they delivered the kayaks to the beach 3 minutes down the road, and provided us an ice chest for our day of kayaking on the lake. We began from Nevada Beach (since they have no marina for boat traffic) and we went up to a wonderful seculded beach. The nevada coast line is ther best to begin for kayaking because there are less boats, so beware of marinas with jet skiis and boats when renting. Anyhoo, we had a fabulous time and the rentals were the best. The shop is only a few minutes from the heavenly gondola and the casinos.
For many people in Northern California who want to do a bit of gambling, the place to go is the town of Stateline just over the Nevada side of South Tahoe. This is especially so for those with children who need to provide them a bit of entertainment while they loose the family fortune. Stateline start as a gambling venue occurred in 1956 when Bill Harrah and Harvey Gross opened South Shore's first gaming casinos. Until then it was just an undeveloped area on the way for many to Reno
Stateline is home to 6 casinos, MontBleu (formerly Caesar's), Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Horizon, and Harvey's Lake Tahoe, more than 20 wedding chapels and several award winning restaurants. The Lakeside and Bill's cater to locals and low-rollers. Many of the hotels in the adjoining town of South Lake Tahoe on the California side provide shuttles to the casino’s to make gambling as easy as possible
A small, sandy beach. I believe the beach is private, just forresidents and guests of the hotels in the immediate area of Park Ave. We stayed at Avalon Lodge and received a beach pass during our stay. A sign at the entrance says that there is a daily fee of $5. I'm not sure how that works. If anyone can access the beach as long as they pay.
The beach was not too crowded while we were there. We rented beach chairs for $5 a day which I thought was a good deal. There is a tiny cafe on the beach and a small playground.
The water was freezing cold! There are a couple of platforms to swim out to if you can tolerate the cold. Also the sand was a little rough so you might want to bring some beach shoes.
A small shopping area with a movie theater. It's a nice little area to grab a bite to eat and sit outside. There are some clothing stores and restaurants. We ate at Wolfgang Pucks in their little outdoor area. Afterwards we stopped at Coldstone Creamery and sat out in the sun people watching.
This is the one thing we wanted to do but didn't. We were only in town for two full days and wanted to do some hiking. Our plan was to take the gondola up, do one of the hiking trails and then eat at the restaurant up top before we came back down. Unfortunately the trails were closed due to fire danger. So the only thing we would have been able to do was take the gondola up, take a picture or two then come back down. It's $28 per person so we decided to save that for next time when we could spend some time up there. I've heard the views from the gondola and the top of the lift are amazing though. I can't wait to try it. Is it weird to post a review of something you haven't done yet?
There are so many thing to do in Tahoe. On our visit we just relaxed and went on a few hikes. While we were there, they had bears on display in various areas that were to be auctioned off to help local youth organizations. Here are a few pics we took with the bears.
If you have a car it's nice to drive along the lake, stopping in various towns. You are so close to the Nevada line. Go to the casinos if you enjoy gambling! In winter you have the snow, so go skiing or snowboarding. The lift is just behind the Marriott Timber Lodge (see my hotel tip), so convenient.
The day we drove around the lake, after lunch I checked into the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt for a relaxing manicure and pedicure. The technician was very nice and did a terrific job. It was during the week, so I almost had the entire spa to myself. We were in a bit of a hurry or I would have loved have lingered here for a long time.
I highly recommend the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt for anyone wanting a little pampering while visiting Incline Village.
We took the 2 hour scenic cruise around Emerald Bay while we were visiting South Lake Tahoe the beginning of the month. The ride is very pretty and goes all the way back to Emerald Bay where you can view the Vikingsholm Castle up close. The ride is narrated and you can go down to the dining room and eat if you wish. We enjoyed BBQ chicken wings and carrot sticks with lemonade there.
This is a very fun way to spend a couple of hours in South Lake Tahoe, the cruise leaves from the Zephyr Cove boat dock.
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