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Our most recommended Lake Tahoe Day Trips

From Lake Tahoe: Yosemite National Park Full-Day Tour

1. From Lake Tahoe: Yosemite National Park Full-Day Tour

Enjoy traveling in a luxury 28-passenger mini bus to the High Sierra. You’ll leave South Lake Tahoe at 06:00 on the 3-hour drive to the main valley of Yosemite National Park. This breathtaking adventure provides an unforgettable opportunity to savor the vast array of stunning High Sierra features made famous by the likes of John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams. The exclusive documentary tour includes a full-day of sightseeing in one of America’s favorite national parks, conducted by a Yosemite expert. The tour price includes transportation, the park admission fee, a delicious picnic lunch with an assortment of beverages, and a seasonal hike to the Bridalveil Fall or Yosemite Falls. Spend around 6 hours in the park, driving from one scenic location to the next. You can exit the bus to admire the scenery and take photos at each stop. When you reach the main valley at around noon, you’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. On the way back the mini-bus will stop at O'Nelly Deli so you can have a bite to eat and something to drink. You’ll arrive in South Lake Tahoe at around 20:00.

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Lake Tahoe: East Shore Trail Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

2. Lake Tahoe: East Shore Trail Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

Experience Lake Tahoe’s most scenic and enchanting coastal trail on this self-guided e-bike tour. Ride in the comfort of an award-winning electric bike. See and feel Lake Tahoe differently as you soak up the breathtaking views and mountains vistas while cycling along the Saphire Jewel’s most popular shoreline path. You'll ride along bike paths the whole way, so you can relax without having to worry about traffic. Cycle from Incline Village to Sand Harbor at your own pace. Enjoy numerous stops at beautiful beaches, stunning viewpoints, and coastal photo settings. Journey over bridges and along the shoreline to reach Sand Harbor – Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful state park.

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Virginia City Day Tour From Lake Tahoe

3. Virginia City Day Tour From Lake Tahoe

Enjoy a full-day bus tour to Virginia City from South Lake Tahoe and discover a historic town along the Pony Express Trail. A tour guide will share the history of the city, once a boomtown of the mining industry. Discover how pioneers explored and settled the area after the discovery of silver and gold. Upon arrival, you will go to the F Street Train Depot to ride on the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad, a 7-mile round trip through Wild West country to Gold Hill and back. After the train ride, proceed to the main C Street and Delta Saloon, established in 1859, where you can enjoy the Old West atmosphere before exploring the tiny but historic town, dominated by the piercing spire of the St. Mary in the Mountains church. Other highlights include the Mark Twain Museum, western wear stores, gold and silver stores, and a chance to go into a real mine.

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From San Francisco: Yosemite & Tahoe Sierras 4-Day Trip

4. From San Francisco: Yosemite & Tahoe Sierras 4-Day Trip

After departing San Francisco, head through California’s famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It’s time to experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America’s tallest waterfalls and towering granite cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. Your guide will help you find the perfect trail to take in this glacially carved valley. Relax on the banks of the Merced River and soak up the spectacular views before heading back to the rustic mountain resort to kick back, have some drinks and share the stories of your day. The next day, enjoy hiking and lunch among the Giant Sequoias before traversing Yosemite’s Tioga Pass viewing iconic sites like the reflective Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows. You'll stay overnight in beautiful Mammoth Lakes. Huge mountains, numerous lakes, and expansive valleys await you! Try your hand at mountain biking or take a scenic Gondola ride to check out one of the most stunning 360 degree views in California. In the morning you'll have the option to visit the Ansel Adams Wilderness area and Devil’s Postpile National Monument, or choose to take a short hike over to Rainbow Falls to snap a selfie! Next, you’re back on the road to Lake Tahoe, with a stop to experience a bit of Gold Rush history at the historic Bodie Ghost Town. in Tahoe you can try your luck at blackjack or the roulette wheel at The Hard Rock, Harrah's or one of South Lake Tahoe's other casinos. If you're not into gambling, try a sunset sail or a lake cruise to Emerald Bay. You’ll stay the night in a South Lake Tahoe hotel or campsite. On your final morning, get up close and personal with Lake Tahoe by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or bike, or take a gondola ride up to Heavenly Mountain resort where an array of adventure activities await. You can also keep it simple and go on a short hike with the guidance of your professional tour leader. You'll be dropped off in San Francisco by 9:00 PM.

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Wine and Harvest Tour to Gold country from Lake Tahoe

5. Wine and Harvest Tour to Gold country from Lake Tahoe

Your tour departs S. Lake Tahoe at 8:30 AM. The 50-mile drive to the wine country is fun and informative, narrated in part by your tour guide. Upon getting to the wine country, your first stop is at the Boa Vista Orchards and Winery. Boa Vista also offers home-baked goods, ciders, mountain-grown seasonal fruits and preserves. Go on to visit Boeger Winery, established in 1855. Wine tasting here is a must. Almost all of the grapes used for wine at Boeger are grown in the winery's vineyards, with Zinfandel, Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc having been offered for years. The winery also produces Muscat Canelli. Like others in the area, Boeger is also growing young plantings of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, and Refosco, taking advantage of the region's affinity for northern Italian grape varieties. Your next stop is Chateau Davell Winery. Here, taste handcrafted wines produced in small lots - an exquisite balance of bold varietal fruit framed with graceful oak notes held in focus by firm acid balance. The perfect setting at Jodar winery gives you the opportunity to set up a delicious catered picnic lunch to make this day complete.   For a minimal fee (waived with bottle purchase), end the day with a final wine tasting at a choice of 3 wineries.

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What people are saying about Lake Tahoe

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 83 reviews

Driver was punctual and pleasant. He was a safe driver & knowledgeable about all aspects of Yosemite. Tour was a joy. We were able to enjoy a stress free experience. Driver provided delicious nutritious meals snacks and beverages. Yosemite was magnificent and our guide narrated with passion & enthusiasm. Felt energized by nature and all the granite and streams. Mother Nature in all her glory. Cannot wait to return

It was a spectacular way to see Yosemite for the first time. The majestic wilderness is something I’ve never experienced. Our tour guide drove safely, was mindful of time, and was most informative. Long day but so worth it.

Such a great day. A long day overall but a wonderful way to hit the highlights in Yosemite. Our guide was really knowledgeable and shared a tremendous amount of great info. Plenty of stops and a nice lunch was provided.

Our guide Daniel Gail was very well informed and brought us to many beautiful viewpoints as well as hiking corners. The 4 days were very pleasant. He also could always recommend something in the area we stayed in.

Great experience. John the tour guide was a pleasure and was full of knowledge. My wife and I were on our honeymoon and he made it a great day for us! Highly recommended.