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South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

1. South Lake Tahoe: Sightseeing Cruise of Emerald Bay

Embark on a sightseeing cruise starting in South Lake Tahoe either at sunset or during the day. Take in the scenic beauty while cruising 11 kilometers across the lake to Emerald Bay, one of the top ten most photographed places in the world. Savor snacks and drinks as you sail. 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.

Lake Tahoe: Self-Guided Driving Tour

2. Lake Tahoe: Self-Guided Driving Tour

Explore your way on this self-guided driving tour of Lake Tahoe. See the entire lake and all the best vistas, hikes, and swimming spots using an app that functions as a guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Enjoy a tour by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Begin your tour in Stateline on the southern shore. From there, take a clockwise loop around the lake. While driving, learn about the heated debate between California and Nevada over who technically owns the lake. Visit the summer home of a man who insisted people called his cabin the Vatican. Then, see a few more impressive homes along the shore, including some inspired by Viking longhouses. Next, visit Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe’s crown jewel. This bay offers stunning views of the water and the mountains beyond, as well as swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, and any other water activities you could want. If you’re in the mood for a waterfall, stop by the Eagle Falls trailhead to see the only waterfall that flows into the lake. Hear the spooky tale of how Lake Tahoe’s only island, Fannette, is supposedly haunted. As you continue, learn about the Washoe tribe who lived here long before any European explorers put it on a map. Next up, see Meeks Bay, a perfect white sand beach to catch some sun. Get the scoop on a presidential visit to the lake, famous residents who occupy the houses along the shore, and learn about the lake’s origins. Pay a visit to Carnelian Bay, where boat racing used to be a big deal in the '30s and '40s. Then, say hello to Kings Beach on the north shore, a perfect picnic spot with views that will make you feel like a royal yourself. Pass by the Cal Neva Casino next, which straddles the border between California and Nevada and was once owned by Frank Sinatra. See more stunning estates along the way. Then, learn about some of the area’s wildlife. Visit the Secret Cove, a perfect spot for those looking for some secluded serenity. Nearing the end of the tour, visit a 300-foot-high vista point for perfect photo opportunities. Conclude your tour by Cave Rock, a remnant of the lake’s most ancient history.

South Lake Tahoe: Private Guided Boat Tour

3. South Lake Tahoe: Private Guided Boat Tour

Perfect for families, friends, or a combination of both, explore Lake Tahoe with a private boat trip, with the local captain as your guide. Snorkel in the clear waters of Rubicon Bay, snap a photo of Vikingsholm mansion, and learn about the geographical history of the nearby Tallac Historic Site. Take in panoramic views of the Carson and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges towering over Lake Tahoe's shores. Pass by Camp Richardson and the Tallac Historic Site and then sail into the picturesque Emerald Bay, known for its vibrantly turquoise water. Continue to Fannette Island and catch a glimpse of the Scandinavian architecture of the Vikingsholm mansion. Before returning, cruise by the stunning beauty of the D.L. Bliss State Park and jump into the electric green and cobalt blue water of Rubicon Bay.

Lake Tahoe: Lakeside Highlights Yacht Tour

4. Lake Tahoe: Lakeside Highlights Yacht Tour

Experience the shoreline of Lake Tahoe aboard a yacht and take in panoramic views of the lush scenery. Join a relaxing and luxurious guided trip around the Tahoe Keys, allowing the crew to point out some of the biggest local attractions for swimming and diving. Explore the calm and secluded Eagle Falls and Fannette Island in Emerald Bay State Park, check out the clarity of the lake in Whiskey Cove, and see exciting activities taking place along the cliffs of D.L. Bliss State Park. Watch people jump off Rooster Rock and view the estates of Rubicon Bay. Make the most of your outing by bringing your favorite beverages and snacks to enjoy during your tour. Swim off the boat, sit in the shade or sun, and customize your trip to your own interests.

South Lake Tahoe: Private Sunset Cruise on Lake Tahoe

5. South Lake Tahoe: Private Sunset Cruise on Lake Tahoe

Charter a custom powerboat and spend an evening unwinding on beautiful Lake Tahoe. Spend time in the company of loved ones, friends, and family. Take photos and cruise past the breathtaking scenery. Marvel at blue waters and scenic enclaves and breathe the fresh mountain air. Soak up the last of the day's sun while sipping on drinks and listening to your favorite tunes. Watch the sunset paint the sky with vibrant colors as day turns to night. 

Lake Tahoe: Private Power Boat Charter

6. 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.

Lake Tahoe: Private Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Tahoe

7. Lake Tahoe: Private Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Tahoe

Experience the stunning natural beauty of Lake Tahoe on a half-day speedboat cruise for up to 8 people. Take in panoramic views of mile-high mountains along with sights like Rubicon and McKinney Bay, the Tallac Historic Site, and Camp Richardson. Meet your guide in South Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe Keys Marina and hop aboard the comfortable boat known as 'White Lightening." Cut through the water with the help of the 502 mag engine and blast some tunes on the stereo system. Pass by the quaint community of Camp Richardson and the log cabins at the Tallac Historic Site. Sail into the picturesque and photogenic Emerald Bay. Stop to swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters. Protect yourself from the sun with the included sunscreen Have the chance to see the Fleur du Lac estate which was used to shoot 'The Godfather II.' 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. Gaze out at Sugar Pine point state park and McKinney Bay before returning to the marina to finish the tour.

Vegas to San Francisco: American Southwest Parks 11-Day Tour

8. Vegas to San Francisco: American Southwest Parks 11-Day Tour

Join an epic 11-day tour of the great American Southwest National Parks and California. Meet up with guides along the way, and enjoy breakfast and lunch with your tour companions. For families and adventurers alike, enjoy the convenience of an all-inclusive package and customize your trip as you like. Choose to stay in hotels, camp along the way, or even drive yourself.  Day 1: Zion National Park Challenge yourself on what’s considered the best half-day hike in the Southwest by hiking a narrow ridge line to Angels Landing. Take it easy or enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows before enjoying a BBQ. Day 2: Bryce National Park Climb 8,000 feet into Bryce National Park. Stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos). Take a soak in the outdoor hot tub back at camp and ease those hiking muscles. End the day with a night around the campfire. Day 3 and 4: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Explore this stunning landscape in a guided sunset hummer tour or hang off a sandstone cliff on an optional canyoneering adventure. Visit Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 arches, for a hike to Delicate Arch. Day 5: Monument Valley Discover the setting for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indian tribe. Hop onboard a 4X4 Jeep and take a Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley. Camp right along the rim, and get the best view of a magnificent sunrise. Day 6: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Enjoy an optional visit to the world’s most famous slot canyon, Antelope Canyon. Then go on a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend before heading to the Grand Canyon. Take an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim at sunset, or simply relax in one the rim cafes and admire the view. Day 7: Las Vegas Get your kicks on Route 66 and arrive back in Sin City. Have plenty of time to relax poolside before heading to the Strip for a night out. Day 8: Death Valley National Park Heading to California this morning you will embark on a guided tour of Death Valley National Park. Enjoy photo stops and shorts walks at Zabriskie Point, Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin Salt Flats, Devil’s Golf Course and the Mesquite Sand Dunes. Day 9: Tioga Pass to Yosemite National Park Weather permitting, cross the Tioga Pass for an extremely scenic route, passing by highlights such as Olmsted Point and Mono Lake en route to Yosemite Valley. In case of poor weather conditions, you may reroute through Lake Isabella to Bishop, CA. Day 10: Full Day at Yosemite National Park Spend a full day exploring the trails offered in the park. Choose from countless walks, ranging from easy to strenuous, or opt for a guided tour. Day 11: San Francisco Your multi-day adventure concludes with a fully guided city tour of this vibrant city.

Lake Tahoe: Private Wakesurf Cruise to Secluded Beaches

9. Lake Tahoe: Private Wakesurf Cruise to Secluded Beaches

Explore Lake Tahoe from the water during this private cruise aboard a surfboat. Your personal captain will show you and your group all the breathtaking sights Lake Tahoe has to offer. Head to secluded beaches to swim, snorkel, wakeboard, and more. Exploring Tahoe from the water is a unique experience to escape the crowds with friends and family or to embark on an unforgettable watersports adventure. After meeting up with your guide, hop on board a boat featuring a spacious layout that provides ample room to move about, lounge, or entertain. Then, start your day cruising on the open water in the sunshine. You’ll get everything you need for a fun adventure with your group, including an ice chest, surfboard, wakeboard, and tubes. Snorkeling gear, towels, and sunscreen are also provided.

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What people are saying about Sierra Nevada, CA

The boat Captain, Tim Doug is excellent; we enjoyed and have great fun on our boat trip. How I wish I can share some photos and videos. Again, Captain Tim Doug is great and wonderful person, and we looking forward to have a boat ride again with him.

Thoroughly enjoyable. Captain was so friendly and informative. The cry did was a lovely experience. .

We loved it and the tour actually helped us plan activities for the rest of our trip while in Tahoe!

Really special time wit a great crew, great boat and incredible scenery!

Beautiful boat tour of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay.