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Our most recommended Lake Tahoe Activities

South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

1. South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

Embark on a 2-hour sightseeing cruise starting in South Lake Tahoe either at sunset or during the day. Enjoy the scenic beauty while cruising 11 kilometers across the lake to Emerald Bay, one of the top ten most photographed places in the world. See the majestic mountains of South Lake Tahoe while onboard the world-class Tahoe Bleu Wave yacht. As you cruise, you will find indoor and outdoor seating with 360-degree panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, the snow-capped mountains, Fannette Island, Vikingsholm Castle, Eagle Waterfall, and the Rubicon. Navigate the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe while hearing your captain's narration about this lake. You may even get the chance to see a variety of wildlife such as the bald eagle, black bears, and wild geese. If you've chosen the sunset option, relax and watch the sun dip low below the sky.

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Lake Tahoe: Sunset Snowshoe Trek with Hot Drinks and Snacks

2. Lake Tahoe: Sunset Snowshoe Trek with Hot Drinks and Snacks

Embark on a guided snowshoeing trek at sunset to experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe’s high country that can only be accessed on foot. Experience the solitude and quiet that define winter in the Tahoe Truckee area while enjoying hot drinks and snacks. After meeting your guide at a location in the North Shore or Truckee area (location based on snowpack and weather), gear up and set out on a trek featuring the amazing views around Lake Tahoe. Venture into the surrounding wilderness and immerse yourself in the tranquility of a snowy forest. Trek on a trail based on you and your group's activity level as well as the snowpack. If you are looking for more of a challenge, you can continue to the top of one of the nearby peaks for panoramic views that can't be beaten. Many options exist for every ability level. 

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Lake Tahoe: Emerald Bay Helicopter Flight

3. Lake Tahoe: Emerald Bay Helicopter Flight

Take off from south Lake Tahoe and enjoy fantastic scenery on a helicopter flight. See several scenic landmarks including Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Lake, Taylor Creek, and Pope Beach as you fly towards breathtaking Emerald Bay. Admire the views of granite and forested landscapes surrounding Emerald Bay. See Eagle Falls which feeds into the lakes shimmering emerald-green waters. Take in these incredible sights from a helicopter for a truly memorable experience over Lake Tahoe.

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Lake Tahoe: Zephyr Cove Helicopter Flight

4. Lake Tahoe: Zephyr Cove Helicopter Flight

Take off from south of Lake Tahoe and fly along the east shore into the state of Nevada. Witness the beautiful indigo blue waters and teal shorelines as you fly to Zephyr Cove. After circling Zephyr Cove, fly west along the south shoreline past Fallen Leaf Lake and Cascade Lake to Emerald Bay. Take in the beautiful views from the helicopter for an adventure that will last long in the memory.

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Lake Tahoe: Hybrid Bike Rental and Self-Guided Tour

5. Lake Tahoe: Hybrid Bike Rental and Self-Guided Tour

Embark on a self-guided hybrid bike tour of the breathtaking North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Start your day by meeting at the Hyatt Regency Incline Village where a team member will personally fit you to the hybrid bike that suits you best. After a brief safety and usage tutorial, you’re off to explore and bike on your own for a full day.  Ride the Lakeshore car-free bike path all the way to the new East Shore bike trail. Journey towards Sand Harbor State Park and take in the panoramic views Lake Tahoe has to offer. If you want, you can even stop and rest at Memorial Beach or Hidden Beach and take photos of these hidden gems. If you get hungry from all the biking, stop at the Tunnel Creek Café where you can grab refreshments and food to re-energize you for the rest of your day. Journey north on Lakeshore Blvd and ride past luxurious homes that make up Billionaires Row. Extend your bike ride and cross the state line into California to see Kings Beach if you wish. Enjoy the freedom of ultimately choosing your own route and the flexibility of having the bike for the full day so you can really experience Lake Tahoe.

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Lake Tahoe: Sand Harbor Helicopter Flight

6. Lake Tahoe: Sand Harbor Helicopter Flight

Set off from south of Southern Lake Tahoe and discover the gorgeous sand and multi-colored waters of Sand Harbor from the air. Fly over some of the locals' best kept secrets, other hidden beaches, and bays along the east shoreline such as Glenbrook Bay, Secret Harbor, Skunk Harbor, and Chimney Beach. After reaching Sand Harbor, ascend for a look at Marlette Lake which is located at 7,841 feet above sea level. Take in these incredible sights from a helicopter which provides an unparalleled perspective that you will remember for a lifetime.

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Lake Tahoe: 30-Minute Helicopter Tour

7. Lake Tahoe: 30-Minute Helicopter Tour

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore the Lake Tahoe area in a helicopter. See waterfalls, lakes, and mountains from above, reaching an elevation of 9,984 feet. Begin your adventure at the South Tahoe Airport, then admire the views as you head to Emerald Bay. Continue south along the mountains over Cascade Lake, then past Mount Talla and over the shoreline of Fallen Leaf Lake. Turn west over Glen Alpine Creek and marvel at the falls below. Then Continue climbing towards Pyramid Peak. Admire the landscape below, dotted with lakes and waterfalls. Drop 500 feet as you fly over Lake Aloha and past Horsetail Falls. Pass over upper and lower Echo Lake and then return to the airport.

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Lake Tahoe: Snowshoeing Guided Tour

8. Lake Tahoe: Snowshoeing Guided Tour

Begin your Lake Tahoe snowshoeing adventure by meeting your guide at one of the trailheads in North Lake Tahoe or Truckee. Learn about the day’s plan and spend time fitting as well as discussing gear. Get a comprehensive lesson from your expert guide before heading up to the local trailhead. Learn about natural and human history during your trek. Knowledgeable guides will offer discussions on native plants and animals, geology, and local culture. Discover the finer points of winter ecology and other unique conditions of the Tahoe Truckee area. Stop along the way to take in the beautiful views.

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Lake Tahoe: Private Power Boat Charter

9. Lake Tahoe: Private Power Boat Charter

Sit back and enjoy a boat tour of some of the most famous sights and views that Lake Tahoe has to offer. Experience the most relaxing way to sightsee, free of traffic noise and congestion, with complimentary perks like light snacks, drinks, music, and swim gear. Heading out from Tahoe Keys Marina in Grateful Red, the luxury boat some call the Ferrari of Lake Tahoe. The tour starts with cruising by Camp Richardson, the oldest campground in the basin, and the Tallac Historical site. Next, venture past the golden sands of Baldwin and Ski Beach before reaching the entrance to Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in the world. Entering Emerald Bay, see the memorable Vikingsholm mansion which many consider the finest piece of Scandinavian architecture in the U.S. Pass by Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe, also located in Emerald Bay, and home to the former tea house where guests of Vikingsholm would travel to by boat to enjoy afternoon tea. After admiring Emerald Bay, continue up the west shore to D. L. Bliss State Park and Rubicon Bay where the water is electric green with cobalt blues, an unforgettable swimming spot to experience. The tour continues to Sugar Pine Point State Park with its Mediterranean blue waters and the picturesque Ehrman Mansion. Before heading back to Tahoe Keys Marina, visit Homewood, a quaint little town with a ski resort at the water’s edge.

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What people are saying about Lake Tahoe

Excellent tour. Captain Steve was informative and entertaining. The deck hands were very helpful and great on the drinks. Lake Tahoe provides everything else. I highly recommend this trip.

Had an amazing time with a very fun crew!A good amount of time spent in beautiful Emerald Bay, I definitely recommend this excursion.

The pilot and the crew were amazing the ride was so smooth and pleasant ,it was lots of fun. I highly recommend.

We had a lot of fun It was different, enjoyable, and fun Tour guides very kind!

This tour was perfect for relaxing ,fun and educational.