Lake Tahoe Adventures

With so many adventures to choose from in Lake Tahoe, it's no wonder why 3 million visitors near and far make their way here every year. Be tame or push the limits — there really is something for everyone.
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Skiing + Snowboarding

With 14 resorts, endless backcountry, 300 to 500 inches of snowfall annually and notoriously sunny skies, Lake Tahoe is one of the best places to ski and snowboard on Earth. Choose from bustling village resorts to mom and pop hills, steeps to mellow runs, Tahoe provides the works.

Tahoe Rim Trail

A 165-mile trail that rims the lake, the Tahoe Rim Trail can be accessed pretty much anywhere a trailhead can be found. This one-of-a-kind trail is notorious for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, with unparalleled views throughout.

Paddleboarding

See the lake from a different perspective on a standup paddleboard. Great for practicing balance and strengthening the core, exploring the shores of Tahoe has never been so surreal.

Golfing

Tahoe is by far one of the best places to tee off with just under 20 golf courses. Mountain-style courses with sweeping views await, not to mention delightful weather most of the year.

Rollerskating + Ice Skating

Skate at a number of Tahoe's outdoor rinks including Northstar, Squaw Valley High Camp and Heavenly Village year round. Enjoy live music, comfortable seating and a merry ambiance with friends and family.

Mountain Biking

Northstar California Resort provides some of the best mountain-biking terrain in the U.S. Take laps via the gondola on downhill trails from beginner to advanced. For more freedom, check out endless trails, easily accessible around the lake as well.

Parasailing

Fly up and away on a single or group parasail on the lake during the summer. See the lake from 70 feet in the air, where it's hard not to giggle and be a little scared all at the same time.

Zephyr Cove

This special place in South Lake can get hectic on summer weekends, but it is one of the most convenient, with a roped-off swimming and floating area; boat, kayak and WaveRunner rentals; and volleyball courts. There are cabins, RV and camping sites for overnight stays, as well as a store, restaurant and bar.

Whitewater Tours + River Floats

Take a guided tour along the upper or lower Truckee River surrounded by mountains and beautiful scenery. Or choose to rent or buy a raft and go it alone. Floating from Tahoe City to River Ranch near Alpine Meadows is one of the most popular activities to do in the summer.

Snowmobiling

Winter snowmobile tours can be found around the lake. Zoom through the mountains on marked trails, and rip through the powder if the snow is good. It's a great adrenaline rush.

Fishing Tours

Catch a rainbow trout on Lake Tahoe via a chartered fishing boat, or bring your own poles and supplies to nearby Donner Lake or the Truckee River. Fishing is one of Tahoe's greatest pastimes.

Horseback Riding

Go back in time to the way people used to travel on a guided horseback riding tour. Take in the sights and gallop along various horse-friendly trails in Truckee, Squaw Valley, Northstar and South Lake.