Lake Tahoe Essentials

Do as the locals do with helpful essentials you must learn when visiting Lake Tahoe. Be in the know, and enjoy some of the area's best offerings and hot spots.

Photo by: Tawnya Schultz A short hike up the Firelookout trail brings you to some of the best views of Lake Tahoe.

Outdoor Essentials: Best Places to …

Take a Short and Scenic Hike

From the Biltmore Casino in Crystal Bay, follow the signs on the road behind the casino. About a half mile up, park your vehicle where the fire road begins. It's a quick 20 minutes up on a paved road to overlook the entire lake. There are lots of photo ops.

Rent a Kayak/Paddleboard

Waterman's Landing
5166 N Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
Grab a bite and some coffee from the cafe, then head out on the lake. The guys who run Waterman's are professional paddleboarders and can lend tips for a great time on the water.

Go Rafting

Tahoe Whitewater
303 Alpine Meadow Road, Tahoe City, CA 96146
Go on an adventure along the Truckee river through the wilderness and get some whitewater. It's such a great bonding experience and the guides are awesome. Opt for the lower Truckee with less crowds and more action.

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