Tahoe City Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by machomikemd
  • Things to Do
    by machomikemd
  • Things to Do
    by machomikemd

Tahoe City Things to Do

  • Lake Tahoe

    Tahoe City is one of the two gateways to Northern Lake Tahoe if you are travelling via I-80 West, via Highway 89 South, while Brockway is the gateway if travelling via Highway 395 South. Although there is not much things to do in Tahoe City as it is located in the California Side, hence no Casinos, it offers a variety of Lodges and Inns facing the...

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  • Truckee River Outlet

    Not too many people were exploring the Outlet dam, but we did and were not disappointed with the beautiful view of the river outlet.Named after Paiute Chief Tru-Ki-zo by settlers who were shown passage in 1844 by him, the Truckee River is the sole outlet of the lake that originates from the south side of Lake Tahoe mountains. It flows through and...

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  • Snowfest 2009-Winter Carnvial (Great for...

    Snowfest 2009 is the 29th Annual such Winter Carnival held at Lake Tahoe. From February 27th through March 8th families will enjoy delightful events:Science ExpoSnowfest Queen CoronationOpening Night Ceremonies with FireworksPancake Breakfasts, Polar Bear Swim, Ice Cream Eating Contest, All You Can Eat Pizza, Arts & Crafts for Kids, and so much...

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  • Fanny Bridge and the Dam

    Tahoe City is the beginning of the Truckee River. There are over 63 inlets that feed Tahoe, but only one river that leads out of it.The bridge over the Truckee River, right where HW89 forks to the southshore and Truckee, has been dubbed the Fanny Bridge. In the summer time, many people's fannies are visible leaning over the sides looking at the...

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  • Lakeside Trail

    The trails follows along the Commons Beach area. It provides a wonderful wide sidewalk to enjoy. The area is obviously enjoyed by many!

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  • William B. Layton Park

    The plaques reads:William B. Layton Park This park was named for and dedicated to the memory of William B. Layton by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society. North Lake Tahoe will miss the unselfish way Bill worked for the community. Past General Manager of the Tahoe City Public Utility District, he was active in the historical society, Gatekeepers...

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Tahoe City Hotels

  • River Ranch Lodge Tahoe City

    Let me start by saying, I love Lake Tahoe. In the summer or winter it is always a great place to be,...

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  • Granlibakken Resort

    725 Granlibakken Rd., Tahoe City, California, 96145, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Pepper Tree Inn

    645 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Tahoe City Restaurants

  • Great Natural Food!

    Sprouts is good, fun, healthy place to eat. They use fresh natural products in all of their dishes. The menu includes, smoothies, rice bowls, sandwiches, fresh squeezed juices and a few other small items. The food is delicious and very resonable priced. The resturaunt has a very young and fun feel to it. It's great place to grab a bite! Fresh...

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  • Local Charm

    A beautiful little place that is a favorite of locals and visitors. It was quite busy that day. American Food, full bar, childrens menu’sBreakfast 6:30amLunch 12:30pmHappy Hour 3:00pm Dinner 5:00pm-10pm

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  • Local Hangout!

    I thought I would enclude this place if you were looking for someplace to rest and relax while exploring Tahoe City. It appears to be a place where the locals hangout for drinking, playing pool, cool jukeboxs, and watching sports. Not food place.

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  • Ordinary Food Made Great!

    It's tough to dine out with my stepfather, because he has very basic tastes where I like to try quality food with a bit of ethnic flair. Amazingly, we found a place that we both could thrive: Evergreen on Route 28 in Tahoe City. Owned by the amiable chef, David Lutz, and his charming wife Laura, Evergreen takes basic dishes like salmon and steak...

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  • Spindleshanks

    This place was highly touted by the locals and we were looking forward to it but ended up being somewhat disappointed. We were here with a large group, including a 6 month old infant. The manager, who seated us, gave us a hard time about finding a table that was big enough, creating a No Babies Allowed, or, at least, not welcome, vibe. Pretty...

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  • Old Range Steakhouse

    I really like the casual and friendly nature of this place. Since its located on the opposite side of the road from the lake, you won't find the great views here. But its a good place to go to load up on large portions of food.Like most places in Tahoe City, the casual dress code is enforced. Jeans are fine and, in the winter, its more about...

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Tahoe City Nightlife

  • Visit the casinos

    You will find a greater concentration of casinos on the south side. But if you don't feel like making that long of a drive, head straight for the California-Nevada border and, instantly after crossing the line between illegal and legal, you'll find a strip of casinos waiting to take your money. We spent a couple of hours one evening trying to see...

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  • Fireplaces and hot cocoa

    There is little to do on the north shore in terms of nightlife, unless you head to Truckee or the Reno border. With near freezing temperatures outside, staying indoors became very tempting. Add the warmth of a fireplace and a mug of hot cocoa to the mix and it becomes difficult to think of a reason to venture out.

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  • You can try this at home

    No, is not a seance, but you can do that, too, I suppose, in the evening at Lake Tahoe.This is a high stakes poker game. Since my kids are underage and aren't allowed in the casinos, my husband and brother-in-law are teaching my daughter much needed poker skills that will surely contribute to a vastly productive life as an adult.

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Tahoe City Transportation

  • Tahoe City to/from Reno Airport

    If you want to use all public transit, you options may be more limited.From the airport, you can take RTC bus to downtown. Greyhound and Amtrak service Reno to/from Truckee.http://renoairport.com/to-from-airport/public-transportation-reno-tahoe-international-airport/From there, take the TART. Running 7 days a week, from about 6:30am to 6:00pm, TART...

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  • "Tahoe Trolley"

    We noticed these wonderful modes of transportation all over the Lake. They serving Tahoe City, Squaw Valley, Tahoe Vista, Kings Beach, Crystal Bay and Incline Village. They even have a special FREE Trolley Shuttles 10am to 5pm every 30 minutes between Tahoe Vista. It would be a great way to see the lake!Trolley Schedule

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  • Public Transport between North and South...

    The TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit) operates buses between all towns on the north and west coast of Tahoe.http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/Works/Transit/TART.aspxBlueGo offers public transit in the South Lake Tahoe Area:http://www.bluego.org/If you want to stay on public transportation, you can take BlueGo on the south to/from the town of...

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Tahoe City Shopping

  • Quaint Shops

    Is north Tahoe most distinctive shopping village that offers a variety of businesses for locals and visitors a like. Just to the left of this store is a clock tower that chimes at the hour. The shops are a Bavarian style that was built in 1966 by Dan and Joan Hauserman.

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  • Local flare

    There are plenty of small shops in Tahoe City where you can stock up on things you need and even things that you don't. Since my beloved waterproof boots sprung a leak courtesy of a break in the gortex (a fatal condition for boots, I was told, by an eager shop employee), I needed to look for replacements or walk around with frozen feet for a few...

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  • Shopping on the upswing in Tahoe City

    Tahoe City's shopping gets better every time I go there. There are so many fun little shops selling clothing, gifts, antiques and crafts that it is impossible to name them all. Just head to the main part of town and have fun browsing! Good selection and generally good deals on ski wear. Don't bother to buy your ski gear down in the flatlands. The...

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Tahoe City Local Customs

  • Moons Over Lake Tahoe

    It is a local custom at Lake Tahoe for all the men attending a wedding to moon the cameras. Actually, it turns out that this is a custom where ever one of our family members gets married. In fact, the only picture I have of Dayton Ohio consists of about 20 posteriors. In all seriousness, now that we're thinking of it. if you can catch the moon...

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  • Dogs Pulling Kegs

    During March, Tahoe City puts on a sort of Winter Canival with a series of small events around te northwest corner of Lake Tahoe. We stumbled upon one of those events as we were looking to sip a beer after a hard day of skiing. It was at one of the local bars on the main drag that has a dog theme for it's name (sorry, I can't exactly remember it's...

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Tahoe City Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic!

    Although Tahoe City is a very beautiful community, their roads are often only one lane so traffic can be bad, plus parking can be hard to find depending on the seasons. So be patient and just take in your time. Be careful crossing the roads. Use the crosswalks when you can find them.

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  • Winter driving snow chains required

    We went up during the first significant snowfall of 2006. Although there was less than a foot of snow in total, the icy conditions brought out the authorities who were requiring all non 4wd vehicles to have snow chains. There were checkpoints along the road and cars were required to stop and chain up. As you can see from picture #2, having a 4wd...

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  • The Water is COLD!!

    Brrrrr.., the water in Lake Tahoe may be clean and clear, but it is also damn cold! Fed by snowmelt and very deep, the water maintains a constant temperature. I can't remember exactly what it is, but it's something like 45F or 10C. We swam in it -- but not for long. Somehow, the kids at the beach wedding party managed to stay in the wter for nearly...

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Tahoe City Off The Beaten Path

  • Tahoe Rim Trail

    The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) circles the entire lake. It's a popular trail, but it is so lengthy that when hiking along it at any one part, you'll encounter only a handful of hikers. Many parts of the trail will reward you with beautiful vistas of the lake and back country.The entire TRT is 150 miles long and there are many trailheads. See map on...

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  • Donner State Park: Site of Tragedy

    The story of the Donner Party is part of Sierra lore. If you don't know it, the party consisted of several families, led by George Donner, who were emigrating to California by wagon train in 1846. The took a short cut that turned out to be a long cut and ended up trying to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains by Lake Tahoe just as winter set in. They...

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  • Hike the Stateline Fire Lookout Trail

    Would you like to do a short easy hike through two states? The Stateline Fire Road Trail is for you, your older relatives and possibly even small children. If you get to park atthe tiop of the hill (we didn't), it's a short mile-long amble on a paved trail with benches and informative signs leading to a fire lookout. Right above Stateline, Nevada,...

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Tahoe City Sports & Outdoors

  • Stand up Paddle (SUP) at Lake Tahoe

    Stand up paddling has become quite popular at Lake Tahoe. If you haven't tried it yet, this is a very good place to learn. The water usually isn't as challenging as the ocean, and it's so clean. I'm used to paddling in salt water, estuaries and sloughs (some of it rather brackish and containing silt) since I live near the beach, so it is quite a...

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  • Rafting the Truckee

    The one and only outlet of Lake Tahoe is the Truckee river. Even though you can only go rafting in certain sections and during periods where the water level is high enough (drought season has been hard on Tahoe lately), you can float down the river for a few hours and enjoy the natural serenity and sun shine. You can pick up rafts, paddles, inner...

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Tahoe City Favorites

  • Sierra Snowfalls Can Be Deep

    Most people who visit Lake Tahoe in the winter are unaccustomed to the huge snowfalls that can hit the area. Lake Tahoe usually receives a few snowfalls in excess of 2 meters/6 feet every winter. Be prepared for road closures and avalanches that could leave you stranded for a few extra days in your mountain lodgings. Unfortunately, we have not yet...

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  • Just Jump? Easy for you to say...

    Only one way down this run. You gotta jump. This is the view from the lip overlooking the Granite Chief face. Granite Chief at 9,050 feet is the highest point in the Squaw Valley ski resort. Truly awesome snow and fantastic bump skiing to be had here!

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  • Lake Tahoe in Winter

    Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place for a winter vacation. It usually receives a great deal of snow from December through April and sometimes May due to its location in the Sierras, making it an ideal winter playground. This picture shows Lake Tahoe at a deceptively calm moment in the winter. Just hours later, the area experienced a winter storm...

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