Are you dreaming of a trip to North Lake Tahoe? Beautiful weather, lush greenery, and crystal-clear waters are just a few of the things that make the North Shore one of the top vacation destinations in California. From fantastic outdoor recreation to mouthwatering local flavors, there’s much to do during your trip. If you want to experience this area as the locals do, be sure to keep our North Lake Tahoe bucket list in mind! We’ve carefully selected each item on this list just for you. Continue reading for more information on these one-of-a-kind activities!
When you’re ready to start planning your trip, get a copy of our free North Lake Tahoe Guide. This planning tool is filled with even more local insight on the best things to do, see, and more in the area. Using this tool and our bucket list will help you plan an unforgettable trip to the North Shore!
5 Things to Add to Your North Lake Tahoe Bucket List
1. Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Did you know that Lake Tahoe is the No. 1 spot for stand-up paddleboarding in the United States? When you see the lake for yourself, you’ll know why. The crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe allow you to see straight to the bottom of the lake, giving you the most amazing view of the lakebed. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity while you’re here! Watermans Landing and Kings Beach are a couple of our favorite places for stand-up paddleboarding in Lake Tahoe.
2. Speedboat Beach
More beautiful views of Lake Tahoe await at Speedboat Beach. This small neighborhood beach is tucked away from more popular beachfronts, making it the perfect place for a quiet morning, afternoon, or evening, by the water’s edge. Here, you can take in beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and large rock formations that rest in the water.
3. Eagle Lake Trail
After you’ve had your fix of exploring the lake, head to dry land for more adventure. One of our favorite Lake Tahoe hiking trails can be found at Eagle Lake. This 1.9-mile out-and-back trail leads you up a stone staircase, over waterfalls at about the halfway point, and through a forested area. At one point during the hike, the path leads to a Desolation Wilderness, which requires a special permit to explore.
4. Discover Hidden Bike Paths
Take the road less traveled on the area’s hidden bike paths. These lesser-known paths are a great place to take in the beauty of our area without the crowds that you typically see on more popular trails.
One of our favorites is the Sand Harbor Bike Path, also known as the East Shore Trail. This three-mile paved path runs alongside the lake. We don’t recommend bringing dogs along because the ground gets hot from the sun there isn’t much shade.
The Truckee River Bike Path is another fantastic option. This trail used to be the Tahoe-Truckee Toll Road in the late 1800s. It features little incline, making it the perfect option for riders of all skill levels.
You can also rent an electric mountain bike from E-Bikes in Kings Beach! Renting one of these bikes is a great way to traverse paths that might otherwise be too challenging.
5. Lakeside Dining Options
We all know that the best restaurants in town aren’t discovered with a quick Google search. Forget about what you found online and head to these local-approved spots for a bite to eat by the lake:
- Brunch at Sunnyside Restaurant
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