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Summer Sightseeing

Attractions

Sight-CaveRock

Cave Rock  |  East Shore
Drive through one of the area’s natural wonders – Cave Rock, the neck of an old volcano. The area is named for the small caves above Highway 50 that were cut by waves when Lake Tahoe was 200 feet higher during the ice ages.

 

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Eagle Rock  |  West Shore
Eagle Rock, one of the lake’s famous natural sites, is a volcanic plug beside Highway 89 on the West Shore.

 

Sight-FannetteIsland

Fannette Island        
(530) 541-3030 | parks.ca.gov
Lake Tahoe’s only island located in Emerald Bay. Boat access only. (Closed Feb. 1-June 15 for nesting birds.)

Sight-Hellman

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion  |  West Shore
Tours daily until Sept. 30 | $8-$10 tours | $10 parking
(530) 525-7232 Park | (530) 583-9911 Tours
Sugar Pine Point State Park offers tours of the Ehrman Mansion. Visitors may see boathouses with historic boats, and General Phipps Cabin built in the late 1800s. Private & ADA tours available by appointment. TART

 

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High Camp  |  Olympic Valley
Closed until winter
(800) 403-0206 | squaw.com
Aerial tram rides with views of Lake Tahoe, Olympic Heritage Museum, pool & hot tub, ice skating, events and more. Ticket required. TART

 

Sight-NLTDemoGarden

North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden  |  Incline Village
Daily | Free
(775) 586-1610, ext. 25 | demogarden.org
On the Sierra Nevada College campus, featuring demonstrations of lake-friendly landscaping using native and adaptive plants, water conservation, soil stabilization techniques, defensible space from wildfires and BMPs. Self-guided tours & clinics. TART

 

Sight-NTArtsCenter

North Tahoe Arts Center  |  Tahoe City
11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily | Free
(530) 581-2787 | northtahoearts.com
Featuring changing exhibits of work by local artists, along with a gift shop featuring items from local artisans. TART

 

Sight-TahoeCity

Tahoe City  |  North Shore
visittahoecity.com
Located at the junction of the West and North shores, Tahoe City is a popular area for shopping and dining with a number of historical sites within easy walking distance. At the wye (junction of Highways 89 and 28), visitors can see the Tahoe City Dam, Lake Tahoe’s only outlet, and Fanny Bridge. TART

 

Sight-Truckee

Truckee    
truckeehistory.org | truckee.com
The historic town of Truckee was settled in 1863, and the town grew quickly as a stagecoach stop and route for the Central Pacific Railroad. The town became a rowdy, mountain town filled with railroad workers and loggers, gambling houses and saloons. During these early days, many of Truckee’s historical homes and buildings were built including The Truckee Hotel (1868) and the Capitol Building (1868). The area surrounding the Truckee Depot is a bustling shopping district with Commercial Row and Brickelltown. Stop by the Depot for a walking tour. TART 

 

Sight-Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm Castle  |  Emerald Bay
Tours daily until Sept. 30 | $8-$10 tours | Parking fee
(530) 541-3030 | (530) 525-9529 ADA | parks.ca.gov or vikingsholm.com
Tour Vikingsholm Castle, see Eagle Falls and Fannette Island (the Lake’s only island), home to an old Tea House, and explore hiking trails. TART

 

Sight-WatsonCabin

Watson Cabin  |  Tahoe City
Closed for the season
(530) 583-1762 | northtahoemuseums.org
Watson Cabin, built by Robert Watson and his son in 1909, is the oldest building in Tahoe City and on the National Register of Historic Places. TART

 

Museums

Donner Summit Historical Society  |  Soda Springs
donnersummithistoricalsociety.org
The Historical Society has a museum at the corner of Old Highway 40 and Soda Springs Road. There also is a 20-mile long interpretive driving tour along Old 40. Maps online or at museum. TART

 

Sight-EmigrantMuseum

Emigrant Trail Museum  |  Truckee
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs.-Mon. | $8 parking | $7 62+
(530) 582-7892 | parks.ca.gov
The ill-fated Donner Party suffered through the harsh winter of 1846-47 camped around Donner Lake and Truckee. The Donner Memorial State Park features exhibits and artifacts on the Donner Party at the Emigrant Trail Museum, and the towering Pioneer Monument.

 

Sight-Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper’s Museum  |  Tahoe City
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily until Oct. 31
$4-$5 | military free
(530) 583-1762 | northtahoemuseums.org
Featuring historic photos, the Steinbach Indian Basket Museum and local historical memorabilia. TART

 

Sight-KidZone

KidZone Children’s Museum  |  Truckee
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri. | Extended hours holiday periods
$4-$8 | Locals’ first Tues. half price
(530) 587-5437 | kidzonemuseum.org
A great place for kids up to age 7 with interactive exhibits, science and art classes, the BabyZone for newborns to 18 months and the Jungle Gym for toddlers and older. TART

 

Incline Village & Crystal Bay Historical Society  |  Incline Village
Daily | Free | tahoehistory.org
Features a local history exhibit focusing on 1870 to 1970, along with a “Bonanza” exhibit, in the Starbucks building, corner Tahoe & Village Blvds. TART

 

Museum of Sierra Ski History & the 1960 Olympic Winter Games  |  Tahoe City
10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily | Free
Features official 1960 Winter Olympic items such as skis, promotional literature, collection of official Olympic photographer Bill Briner. Learn the history of skiing in the Sierra. Inside the Boatworks Mall. TART

 

Old Jail Museum  |  Truckee
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Day weekend & weekends until late Sept.
(530) 582-0893 | truckeehistory.org
One of a few surviving 19th-Century jailhouses of its kind in the West and one of the few remaining original buildings in Truckee. The old Bastille was used from 1875 until May 1964. TART

 

Sight-OlympicHeritage

Olympic Museum  |  Olympic Valley
Closed until winter
(800) 403-0206 | squaw.com
Squaw Valley, host of the VIII Winter Olympic Games in 1960, celebrates its Olympic History with the symbolic Tower of Nations and Olympic Flame at the entrance to the valley. The Olympic Museum at High Camp features historic memorabilia and photographs. Tram ticket required. TART

 

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Tahoe City Field Station  |  North Shore
8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily until Labor Day | Tours every Saturday
(530) 583-3279 | terc.ucdavis.edu
This 1920s-era building features a history of the field station, current UC Davis research projects, interactive exhibits and demonstration garden. Ages 8+. TART

 

Sight-MaritimeMuseum

Tahoe Maritime Museum  |  Homewood
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thurs.-Tues.
$5 | Free 12 & younger
(530) 525-9253 | tahoemaritimemuseum.org
Visitors will find the Tahoe Maritime Museum featuring guided tours, exhibits and hands-on activities for kids. TART

 

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Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center  |  Incline Village
1-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. & by appt. | Free
(775) 881-7566 | terc.ucdavis.edu
University of California, Davis, operates a science education center on the Sierra Nevada campus in Incline Village. Exhibits include a virtual research boat, biology lab, 3-D movies and docent-led tours. Ages 8+. TART

 

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Thunderbird Lodge  |  East Shore
Shuttle, boat & kayak tours until mid-Oct.
thunderbirdtahoe.org | Shuttle tours (800) 468-2463
Boat tours from Incline Village (775) 831-4386 | Boat tours from South Lake Tahoe (888) 867-6394 | Kayak tours (530) 913-9212
Thunderbird Lodge is the former Whittell estate. This magnificent lakefront home features the Lighthouse Room, Old Lodge, 600’ underground tunnel (with a former lion cage) and Boat House, home to the “Thunderbird,” a 1939 wooden boat. Ages 6+ only. No on-site parking. Tours by shuttle, boat & kayak by reservation only.

 

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Truckee Railroad Museum  |  Truckee
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. & holidays
truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com
Operated by the Truckee Donner Railroad Society, the Truckee Railroad museum is located in a caboose next to the Truckee Depot. Exhibits include the train’s role in logging, fighting snow on the railway, the role of Chinese emigrants and a children’s area. TART

 

Visitors’ Centers

Kings Beach
Kings Beach State Rec. Area, Wed.-Mon. (summer)

Incline Village
969 Tahoe Blvd., (800) 468-2463

Tahoe City
100 North Lake Blvd., (530) 581-6900

Truckee
10065 Donner Pass Road (Depot), (530) 587-8808

Forest Service Incline Village
855 Alder Ave., (775) 831-0914 (Wed.-Fri.)

Forest Service Tahoe City
3080 N. Lake Blvd., (530) 583-3593 (Fridays)

Forest Service Truckee
10811 Stockrest Springs Road, (530) 587-3558