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Where Are the Best Places to Stop While Driving Around Lake Tahoe?

Submitted on: 1/30/14 | by Lindsey Carlson
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Grab the picnic basket and hop in the car this winter while vacationing in Lake Tahoe and take a nice leisurely drive around the Lake. While it seems counter intuitive to sit in the car after a long trip to Lake Tahoe, driving around Lake Tahoe is one of those things you can’t miss. Grab the whole family and pile in the rental and enjoy incredible views, breathtaking nature, and all the cute towns in between stopping spots. Before you go, be sure to check road conditions and the forecast… Check for updates here: http://www.tahoesbest.com/weather.htm

Starting from South Lake Tahoe, here are our picks for the best places to stop while driving around Lake Tahoe (going clockwise from South Lake Tahoe):

1.) Tallac Historic Site: With history dating back to the 1800’s, the Tallac Historic Site is a must see for visitors. The site is home to archeological remains of the original Tallac Resort, and summer estates built in the 1800’s. The area is now used for music, arts and theatre, and is a beautiful place to stop.

2.) Inspiration Point: Deemed one of the best spots for photography, Inspiration Point overlooks Emerald Bay. It’s along highway 89, and an easy spot to stop and snap some photos of Emerald Bay. It can get crowded, so we recommend going early if Inspiration Point is your destination.

3.) Eagle Falls: Iconic Emerald Bay is a must-stop while driving around the Lake. Even if you don’t make it around the whole lake, Emerald Bay is the quintessential Lake Tahoe photo op spot. With Eagle Falls on one side (short hike), and the Lake on the other, this is an incredible place to view the spectacular lake.

4.) Vikingsholm Castle: Founded in 1928, the historic Vikingsholm castle sits on the shore of Emerald Bay, but requires a steep hike down to access. Tours are offered in the summer, and the castle provides an interesting historical stop while driving around the Lake.

5.) Sugar Pine State Park: Get out of the car and take a walk around Sugar Pine State Park. You’ll be happy you did - with towering pines and beautiful scenery, you’ll feel the magic of Lake Tahoe nature. Plus, it’s fun to explore the stretching trails.

6.) Tahoe City: Didn’t pack a lunch? Or is it just that your sandwiches are looking a bit too soggy… Stop in Tahoe City for a bite to eat, and explore the charm of this lakeside town. Try Jake’s on the Lake, a classic waterfront grill and enjoy some time walking around after lunch.

7.) Kings Beach: Just a quick hop from Tahoe City sits Kings Beach. Always in the sun, this stretch of Lake Tahoe is filled with cute shops and beautiful views of the Lake from the beach.

8.) Logan Shoals: Pull off the US 50 and stop at beautiful Logan Shoals. Take the paved path and explore the incredible area. The mountains and Lake create the perfect backdrop for incredible pictures and panoramic views.

9.) Cave Rock: Breathtaking views of the Lake, and incredible areas to stretch the legs and enjoy the pristine blue waters. Make sure to bring cash, parking at Cave Rock costs a few bucks. Considered a sacred site by the Washoe Indians, Cave Rock is called “The Lady of the Lake”. If you look closely, maybe you can see the profile of a woman’s face watching over Lake Tahoe.

10.) Casinos: End the trip with a bang and win some money at the casinos in Stateline, Nevada. Celebrate a great day with a few brews and hopefully some cash in the pocket!

The drive takes about 3 hours when with all stops included. Enjoy your adventure around our beautiful Lake Tahoe!