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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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From Lake Tahoe: Yosemite National Park Full-Day Tour

4. 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: Zephyr Cove Helicopter Flight

5. 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: East Shore Trail Self-Guided Electric Bike Tour

6. 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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Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley: Full-Day Narrated Bus Tour

7. Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley: Full-Day Narrated Bus Tour

Take an enjoyable Lake Tahoe excursion that circles the lake and makes a detour to Squaw Valley, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. On this narrated bus tour, you’ll marvel at the natural beauty of the region while you learn more about the area and leave the driving to your guides. This 7-hour tour departs from South Lake Tahoe hotels after breakfast. You travel clock-wise around the lake and make your first stop at Emerald Bay. Emerald Bay is one of the area’s most photographed sites. Its vista point offers spectacular views of the bay and Fannette Island. You’ll then continue traveling along the lake’s western shore, and make your next stop at the Truckee River Dam, which presents another great opportunity for photos. You then make a detour to visit Squaw Valley, which is located 8 miles north of Lake Tahoe. This lovely and historic valley hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. In Tahoe City, which marks the half-way point of our tour, you'll stop at the Boatworks Mall for lunch. You'll have a have plenty of eateries to choose from here, including sandwich shops, coffee shops, and lakeside restaurants. After lunch, your excursion continues along the lake’s northern and eastern shores, with a stop to enjoy the views and take photos at scenic Logan Shoals.

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Lake Tahoe: 2-Hour Private Boat Trip with Captain

8. Lake Tahoe: 2-Hour Private Boat Trip with Captain

Enjoy a boat trip around the stunning natural beauty of Lake Tahoe. Take in panoramic views of mile-high mountains and the famous Emerald Bay on this private, 2-hour tour. Meet your certified captain at the Tahoe Keys Marina. Hop aboard their ship, the Grateful Red. Get ready to set sail onto the continent's second deepest lake. Enjoy spectacular views as you journey round Lake Tahoe. Pass by Camp Richardson and the Tallac Historical Site. Sail into the picturesque and photogenic Emerald Bay. See Fannette Island in the middle of the lake, and catch a glimpse of the Scandinavian architecture of the Vikingsholm mansion. Take in the beauty of the D.L. Bliss State Park. Admire the electric green and cobalt blue water of Rubicon Bay, before returning to the marina to finish the tour.

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Lake Tahoe: Hybrid Bike Rental and Self-Guided Tour

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Lake Tahoe

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 92 reviews

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.