December 2015 | Lake Tahoe Scenic Views

Enjoy the best views of Big Blue

Top notch live entertainment, world-class casinos, nightlife and North America’s best skiing are a few reasons people flock to Lake Tahoe, but in the end the number one draw is the unparalleled and awe-inspiring beauty of the lake and Sierra Nevada Mountains. Here are some of the best places in Lake Tahoe with views to die for.

Tahoe South Spring Landscape Project

Emerald Bay State Park

One of Lake Tahoe’s most popular and most photographed locations, Emerald Bay State Park is located on the southwest corner of the lake and is accessible by State Route 89. Recognized as a National Natural Landmark, the park is home to hiking trails, a beach, Fannette Island, Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm Castle, a 38-room Scandinavian style mansion built in the 1920s. Start at Fannette Island where a small teahouse that was built by the owner of the Vikingsholm Castle offers 360 degree views of the surrounding bay. Next head back to the castle and spend time soaking up the view from the beach while you sunbathe or swim in the crystal blue waters. For the most iconic vistas head to Inspiration Point and Eagle Falls. Set in the tall pines and towering 600 feet above Lake Tahoe, Inspiration Point is easily accessible and the most popular overlook in the area. Take the 1 mile trail to the cascading Eagle Falls and enjoy far stretching views of Lake Tahoe below as you find your way through the Sierra high country.

Hiking - Mount TallacMount Tallac Trail

A 9.6 mile trail that peaks at 9,735 feet and  rises more than 3,000 feet in elevation, the Mount Tallac Trail is not for the faint of heart. The alpine style trail can take around 8 hours to complete and requires challengers to bring food and water for the trip. The trip takes you through tall evergreens, past two small scenic lakes, Gilmore and Cathedral lakes, and to the top of Mount Tallac. From the summit the views of Desolation Wilderness, Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe are said to literally take your breath away.

Sand Harbor

Situated on the Nevada side of the lake and located in Lake Tahoe National Park, Sand Harbor is considered to be the most beautiful beach in Tahoe. While all the other lake beaches have coarse sand, the prevailing breeze from the lake has deposited a fine, soft sand here giving the harbor its namesake. The beach has a small museum, store, bathrooms, showers, a boat launch, picnic tables and grills with plenty of room to put down a blanket and umbrella. Some areas around the beach have large distinctive rocks that you can jump off of and during the summer season lifeguards are on duty.

The Gondola at Heavenly Mountain Resort (1) copyHeavenly Gondola

If hiking Mount Tallac, or hiking at all, seems a bit daunting you can always head over to Heavenly Mountain and enjoy the views from a summit without breaking a sweat. Open year round, the gondola is the perfect way to enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tahoe. The 2.4 mile long ride leaves from Heavenly Village in Stateline, Nevada, and takes about 7 minutes to ascend more than 3,000 feet to the Observation Deck. Located at 9,123 feet in elevation, the 14,000 square foot mid-station observation platform offers plenty of room to move around and stretch. Pack a lunch and enjoy the views while eating at one of the picnic tables or head to the Tamarack Lodge at the top of the resort for a quick bite while your eyes feast on the scenery. During the winter months children can enjoy frolicking in the snow play area at the top of the mountain while in the summertime a variety of ropes courses, zip lines and climbing walls offer even more views while keeping the little ones entertained.

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