Lake Tahoe’s Ring Road | 72 Miles of Scenic Beauty, History, and Adventure

Seventy-two miles around America’s largest alpine lake offers a lot to see, to put it mildly. Whether strapping on your hiking boots or donning your bathing suit, each town around the lake has its own personality, each turn something new to explore. Here are the highlights.

From Stateline, NV, travel west on Highway 50 to Highway 89 north. You’ll be going clockwise around the lake.

Inspiration point provides a stunning start to your journey. Look down at the vast views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

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Next, the Emerald Bay Lookout is always a great view and is one of the most photographed places in the world. Nearby D.L. Bliss State Park has a secluded beach and picnic area, with Rubicon Bay in the distance.

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Continue on to Chambers Landing, a lovely and historic spot for lunch or a drink on the lake.

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Squaw Valley USA is a few mile diversion north to the site of the 1960 winter Olympics- stop for a museum, restaurants, a cable car, bungee jumping thrills, and more.

From Highway 89 north, travel east on Highway 28

Watson Cabin is worth a stop, featuring 1900s-era furnishings and a look into the past. Kings Beach has a pier, shops, restaurants and paddleboat rentals if you want to cool off. More stunning views await at Stateline Lookout. The UC Davis Tahoe Science Center is a great way to learn about the lake’s ecosystem through their exhibits and tours. Memorial Point offers another spectacular view, a walking trail, and restrooms.

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From Highway 28, travel on Highway 50 south

The native Washoe Indians called Cave Rock Vista Point sacred, and you will too after you take the short climb to the top. Zephyr Cove has a lodge, restaurant, beach, park, paddleboat cruises, horseback riding and sailing cruises to round out your tour of Lake Tahoe’s ring road.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .

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