While on your Truckee Vacation, a "Must Do and See" is driving over to nearby Lake Tahoe. From Truckee, there are two ways to get to the Lake.
You can view the routes below on my Lake Tahoe Map where eventually I'll have a link to all of the Lake Tahoe Cities and Towns!
From Central Truckee, take Hwy 89 to Tahoe. This will parallel the Truckee River which originates from Tahoe City on the Lake, and you will also pass by Squaw Valley, in Olympic Valley. You will end up at Tahoe City, where you can go south towards Emerald Bay which is the most photographed spot at the Lake. From Tahoe City, if you go north, you wind through Tahoe City, then on to Kings Beach, and Incline Village. There are tons of great beaches and restaurants and fun shops, to stop at along the way!
From Downtown Truckee, you can take Hwy 267 past Martis Valley, and Northstar and over to Tahoe. This puts you in Kings Beach, which is a fun town on the Lake.
Below is a fantastic video of Lake Tahoe, shot in November 2011, by Shortt and Epic Productions! (Fall is a great time of year to visit!) In order of appearance on the video is the following Locations:
There is so much to do at Lake Tahoe! Some of my favorites are:
Driving around the Lake - You can make a fun day of this, by stopping at all of the towns along the way, and checking out the beaches, and stopping in at some of the Casino's in South Lake Tahoe, where the buffet's are awesome! It is 72 miles around the lake, and it is considered one of the most beautiful drives in America.
The picture below was taken from Hwy 89 after heading around Emerald Bay towards South Tahoe. This section of the road always freaks me out to drive, because it seems like the road is just there with a drop off on either side, and then you start into some very steep hairpin turns down the hill. The views are incredible from the top!
Going to my favorite Tahoe Beach, at Sand Harbor State Park on Hwy 28, 2.5 miles south of Incline Village on the Nevada side of the lake. See my list of the Tahoe Beaches that the Truckee Travel Guide will be covering.
For a great lunch or dinner, check out my Favorites, Sunnyside Inn, (just south of Tahoe City on the water), or Jake's on the Lake, in Tahoe City. It is just so relaxing to sit on the decks on the Lake, and just enjoy the scenery over a meal, and a glass of wine.
and....if I wasn't so deathly afraid of heights, I would want to go Hot Air Ballooning over Lake Tahoe for the spectacular views and photo opportunities! Fortunately, one of my daughter Brie's friends,Tiffany Watts did, and shared some of her photo's, including the one below!
My site will be primarily about the Truckee area, and I will be just briefly touching on the Tahoe area. I'll mostly be covering some of the North Tahoe lakes, beaches and some of the hiking trails. For additional information on Tahoe activities, restaurants, and places to stay, I would recommend following:
On Facebook - Jane from Lake Tahoe's Alive. She travels around the lake on a regular basis, and posts frequently every day. She has some great photo's and information about different Tahoe events, activities, and restaurants etc. I've been following a lot of different Tahoe Facebook sites, and I enjoy hers the best!