North Lake Tahoe Attractions and Tours

Thunderbird Lodge Lake Tahoe

Your Lake Tahoe vacation isn’t complete until you have discovered its hidden secrets. And, we aren’t talking about the sweeping lake views, incredible blue water, and award-winning ski resorts. Spend a day exploring the exciting historical tours and attractions that North Lake Tahoe has to offer and you’ll see what we mean. Start with an afternoon spent in Historic Downtown Truckee that is full of Old West mountain charm, fantastic restaurants, unique shops, beautiful art galleries, and saloons.

Feed the trout from the historic Fanny Bridge and take a gander at the “fannies” that earned this bridge its name. Walk the halls of the Thunderbird Lodge and explore its 6-acre historic district. The Tahoe Maritime Museum is a popular attraction with eight boats, including one from the 1890s that was found at the bottom of the lake. There is an engine collection, steamer room and you will find many fun activities for kids. For a exhilirating adventure, take a ride on the Squaw Valley Tram to High Camp where you can enjoy mountain dining, ice skating, and the “lagoon” pool.

Pencil into your itinerary to buckle your seat belt and drive around the lake experiencing all of the Lake Tahoe history and museums for yourself. Whether you are sightseeing or participating in one of the fun Lake Tahoe tours, the many attractions will engage the whole family. This is your chance to relax as you learn the real history behind this world-famous lake.

The Donner Summit Bridge offers beautiful views near the area where Chinese workers labored to construct the transcontinental railroad across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The bridge was originally built in 1924 and rehabilitated 1996. The Donner Summit... More Details

The Emigrant Trail Museum helps capture a time when pioneering was rough and survival hard.  The museum depicts the history of the area and the people who came into this part of the Sierra, including local Native Americans, the Donner Party, and builders... More Details

Located at 130 W. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145. The museum features the history of Lake Tahoe including Indian artifacts, natural history displays, stories of our pioneers, and the Ellen Attardi Library – a research library which includes books,... More Details

Hellman-Ehrman Mansion is located at Sugar Pine Point State Park just south of Tahoma on Highway 89. The land was purchased in the late 1800s by well-known west coast banker Isaias W. Hellman. Architect Walter Danforth Bliss was hired to design this summer... More Details

Truckee Real Estate

Truckee’s historic commercial row is a great way to spend an afternoon at the many distinctive shops, excellent restaurants, and fun bars. It’s small town charm and history bring people in from all over. Take the historic downtown walking... More Details

Historic Fanny Bridge located in beautiful Tahoe City and  received its name from all of the fannies that can be seen from the road as gawkers stare over the edge into the cool waters. Located over the only outlet of Lake Tahoe (into the Truckee River),... More Details

Lake Tahoe Beaches Sand Harbor

Sand Harbor State Park is of the most beautiful places at Lake Tahoe and the beach attracts many to her white sandy shore. Sand Harbor’s crystal blue water, white sandy beaches and giant boulders that dot the shoreline make for spectacular photos... More Details

Squaw Valley Aerial Tram

Squaw Valley Aerial Tram is sure to please the entire family as you ascend 2,000 vertical feet to the Squaw Valley High Camp at an elevation of 8,200 feet. From the start you are surrounded by 360 degree mountain views and it just gets more dramatic as... More Details

Bordering Lake Tahoe for almost two miles, Sugar Pine Point State Park is the largest state park at Lake Tahoe. Explore its 2,000 acres filled with sugar pine, aspen, juniper, and fir forests, plus 3.5 miles that extends into the Desolation Wilderness... More Details

Thunderbird Lodge Lake Tahoe

The Thunderbird Lodge estate is one of the best examples of a historic “Tahoe society” estate and a 6-acre historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which is surrounded by over 40,000 acres of Forest Service and Nevada... More Details