Emerald Bay State Park seems to be on everyone’s best-to-do list, and for good reason! After parking and a hike to a scenic overlook or waterfall perch above, you’ll be amazed at the stunning views and Lake Tahoe’s only island below. Or head down to the beach to soak it all in. It’s easily the most photographed point in the entire region, and is a very popular stop for visitors.
You can experience stunning panoramic views of turquoise-blue Lake Tahoe year-round from more than 9,000 feet up on the Heavenly Gondola, which leaves from the back of Heavenly Ski Resort’s village. As the largest ski resort in the region, you can add just under another 1,000 feet to your view by skiing along Heavenly’s intermediate-level Ridge Run trail after a long pause to soak it all in.
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Lake Tahoe is foremost an outdoor lover’s delight, so it offers many outdoor activities and fun ways to enjoy it. Of course its famed skiing is not to be missed, but also try your hand at hosted ski mobile tours for a different take on it all. In the warmer months, there are an almost countless number of great hiking and biking trails to explore including family-friendly ones in and around Genoa.
Not heavily into snow sports? Consider chilling out with your family in North Lake Tahoe, about a 35 mi. scenic drive away. It’s a little quieter, has plenty of family friendly slopes, interesting restaurants and a bit more of a laid-back vibe. On the way, you’ll love the spectacular views from Sand Harbor. And another 30 miles up is Northstar’s “kid’s adventure zone,” which is great family fun.