On the North shore, North Tahoe Cruises, you can cruise the beautiful shoreline, run the stunning emerald waters of Emerald Bay, or watch the sunset over the stunning Sierra Mountains. If you are looking for vacation ideas in a stunning natural environment, you can't go wrong with Lake Tahoe.
The majestic Mt. Tallac rises 9,735 feet for a breathtaking backdrop to the lake. The Tahoe Queen provides a fun paddle wheel journey around the lake. This cruise operates from the Ski Run Marina on Lake Tahoe’s south shore.
They have several cruises including the Heritage Tour that shows off Lake Tahoe homes designed by people like Frank Lloyd Wright and Bernard Maybeck.
Skiing in the mountains and jet skiing on the lake are two of the fun things to do here. A popular snow sport destination is Sierra-at-Tahoe which is extremely kid friendly. Everyone will enjoy visiting Ben Cartwright's "The Ponderosa Ranch", the filming location of television's Bonanza. It's located near Lake Tahoe on the exact spot seen on the "Burning Map" at the beginning of every episode.
The ranch is now a Western Studio and Theme Park where you can experience the sights and sounds of the real west and the "reel" west.
If you or the family is into hiking, biking or horseback riding then you will enjoy the 150 miles of Tahoe Rim Trail. This multi-use trail completely encircles the lake with 9 separate trail heads to get you going.
Outfitter guides like Tahoe Adventure Company can set you up with overnight trips into the mountains and other outdoor activities such as lake kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking or kite boarding.
An exciting activity that almost all ages can participate in is an adventurous Hot Air Balloon Ride over the lake or Carson Valley.
Lake Tahoe Balloons has experienced professional pilots to take you up into the sky for a quiet ride across the air waves. There is plenty of room for all your family and friends to share the experience.
Echo Creek Mountain Ranch is an incredible 16-acre private estate that sleeps up to 20 people. Located in South Tahoe it features a beautiful 4,000 square foot log home with 5 bedrooms, a bunkhouse and 3 bathrooms. Relax in front of one of the three grand fireplaces. Start a family competition on the ping-pong table. Or enjoy the deck barbeque and private hot tub.
High Camp is a heavenly mountain-top cabin retreat with a 8,200 feet high view of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. And getting there is half the fun. A cable car will take you straight up for 2,000 feet as you take in the breathtaking panorama around you. What a ride!
An interesting place to visit here is the Taylor Creek Stream Profile Chamber. This unique experience uses floor-to-ceiling glass bay windows to allow you to see what it’s like to go below the surface of Taylor Creek.
With a waterfall, sound effects and a floor that feels like the creek bottom you will get the full affect buy stay dry. Maybe a Lake Tahoe getaway is just the vacation idea that you need. There is lots to do to all year round. Have a great stay!