Lake Tahoe Hot Spots and Tourist Attractions

Lake Tahoe is filled with scenic landmarks and original things to do. Nowhere else can you go on an underground tunnel tour where Frank Sinatra used to roam, or hop on the lake for a sunset paddlewheel cruise. Here are spots not to be missed.
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Emerald Bay

One of the most-photographed places in Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, located on the south west end, is part of a 593-acre state park. The lookouts are the most popular to take photos, but visitors can hike down the trails to Vikingsholm, a replica of an 11th-century Viking castle built in 1928. Visitors can also boat out to Fannette Island, the only island in Lake Tahoe, and explore, or hang on the beach in the bay.

Cal-Neva Tunnel Tours

For $10, go underground to the tunnels under the Cal-Neva Lodge, once used by Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis Jr. Said to be haunted, a guide will break down the use of the tunnels and the spirits who are said to still be roaming.

Thunderbird Lodge

A summer retreat in the 1940s for George Whittell Jr.'s friends and family, the lakefront mansion is now a museum, often rented out for private events. Nicknamed the "Castle in the Sky" Thunderbird Lodge is an iconic piece of Lake Tahoe history.

Squaw Valley High Camp

Take the infamous tram up the face of Squaw Resort and be whisked away to what feels like the top of the world. Complete with restaurants, pools and an ice/roller skating rink built for the Olympics in 1960, High Camp is truly one of a kind.

Drive Around the Lake

One of the best ways to explore all that Tahoe has to offer is to drive around the lake. The 72 miles of shoreline are some of the most beautiful and mesmerizing in the world. Charge up the camera and get ready to stop a lot.

Tahoe Gal + The M.S. Dixie II

Take a cruise on an old school-style paddlewheel boat around the lake. Choose from the north (Gal) or south (Dixie) end of the lake, a day, sunset or evening cruise, and get another perspective of Tahoe.

Camp Richardson

Camp Richardson was originally built as a summer resort on the lake in the 1900s, including cabins and a lakefront pavilion with a restaurant and bar. Today families come to indulge in the same activities their ancestors did in the outdoors.

Ehrman Mansion

This summer home built next to the lake in 1903 now serves as a museum, completely set up as it was originally. Tourists can take advantage of the day-use park area and spend an afternoon meandering around.

Marilyn Monroe's Cabin at Cal-Neva Resort

Visit Cabin #3 where Marilyn used to stay and happened to be a week before her death. While you can't go inside unless you book the room, it's a special piece of history for those intrigued.

Downtown Truckee

Utilized as a wagon trail to gold in the mid-1800s, Truckee was a town most people passed through on their journey. Visitors enjoy the Western flair, numerous museums, shops and eateries it has to offer.

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