Drives in Lake Tahoe

The best drive to take around Lake Tahoe is...well...around Lake Tahoe. The road around the lake encompasses several highways within both California and Nevada and will give you some of the best views of the big blue lake.

Some of the best views are coming up Highway 50 from Carson City as you come up to Spooner Lake, around Emerald Bay and around Carnelian Bay on the North Shore, and coming up Highway 431 from Reno over the Mt. Rose Summit.

Some other popular drives around the Tahoe area include the drive from Truckee up to the Rainbow Bridge above Donner Lake, around Fallen Leaf Lake and along Highway 88 just south of Lake Tahoe. On 88 you will pass Caples Lake, Kirkwood, Sorenson's Resort and Hope Valley. In the fall, this area is very popular for the colorful aspen leaves turning gold and orange.

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Emerald Bay State Park

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Gorgeous bay by Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm...
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Caples Lake Campground

26820 Silver Drive

Caples Lake Campground is located adjacent to Highway 88, near to Kirkwood. Boating, fishing, swimming and hiking offered... read more

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Kirkwood Ski Resort

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1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Off Hwy. 88 at Carson Pass

Sierra slalom... read more

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David Walley's Resort Hot springs

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2001 Foothill Road

Pampering in Nevada's oldest town... read more

Hope Valley Campground

Hwy 88

Sitting at an elevation of 7,300 feet and located on the California/Nevada border, this 20 reservable site campground offers users with the opportunity to fish nearby... read more

Little Truckee River

Hwy 89 North
P.O. Box 95

Little Truckee River is located approximately 13 miles north of Truckee. Fishing pressure is heavy in easy access areas. Where access is difficult, large rainbow trout and a few browns have been reported... read more

Washoe Meadows State Park

P.O. Box 266
7360 West Lake Boulevard

Washoe Meadows State Park occupies 620 acres of meadow and woodland in the valley at the base of the escarpment leading to Echo Summit... read more

Saddleback Scenic Drive

15924 Highway 49

Saddleback Loop is approximately 50 miles long, beginning at Indian Valley, through Cal-Ida, Eureka, Saddleback Lookout, Devil's Post Pile, to Downieville and back on Hwy. #49. There are many activities to choose from on this loop... read more

Scenic drive to Pyramid Lake

Highway 445
(at highway 446)

Panoramic views a short drive from downtown Reno...
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Highway 49 Scenic Drive

15924 Highway 49

Highway #49 scenic drive is a 49 mile tour with 12 historic sites to see. The drive can be enjoyed from either direction and will guide you along one of the most historically rich sections of beautiful Highway #49... read more
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